Last week Imran Awan and his wife, Hina Alvi, were indicted by a grand jury on 4 counts, including bank fraud and making false statements related to some home equity loans.
Of course the most interesting fact tied to FBI’s investigation may be why a New York Democrat, Rep. Yvette Clarke representing Brooklyn’s 9th District agreed in 2016 to ‘write-off’ $120,000 in missing electronics tied to the Awans.
Funny thing, the computers were about $800 each, which is enough to fund 150 items in an office that ONLY HAS 16 EMPLOYEES!
Can you say….fraudulent activity? Democrat Rep. Yvette Clarke should be held personally liable for that money or equipment that was lost and claimed by her taxpayer-funded office.
This is only one incident in the last year. Can you imagine what has happened over the last 10 years while the Awans were employed by her and at least 50 other Democrats? Of course, you won’t read about THIS in the MSM. Nope. You see, Rep. Clarke is too busy fighting to take down Confederate statues, she doesn’t have time to monitor this $120,000 theft or write-off from her taxpayer funded office.
H/T Daily Caller:
A chief of staff for Democratic Rep. Yvette Clarke quietly agreed in early 2016 to sign away a $120,000 missing electronics problem on behalf of two former IT aides now suspected of stealing equipment from Congress, The Daily Caller News Foundation has learned.
Clarke’s chief of staff at the time effectively dismissed the loss and prevented it from coming up in future audits by signing a form removing the missing equipment from a House-wide tracking system after one of the Awan brothers alerted the office the equipment was gone. The Pakistani-born brothers are now at the center of an FBI investigation over their IT work with dozens of Congressional offices.
A senior House official with knowledge of the situation provided The DCNF with new details about how exactly the Awan brothers are suspected to have stolen the equipment and possibly data from Congress, raising questions about the members or staffers who were signing the checks on equipment purchases.
The $120,000 figure amounts to about a tenth of the office’s annual budget, or enough to hire four legislative assistants to handle the concerns of constituents in her New York district. Yet when one of the brothers alerted the office to the massive loss, the chief of staff signed a form that quietly reconciled the missing equipment in the office budget, the official told TheDCNF. Abid Awan remained employed by the office for months after the loss of the equipment was flagged.
Separately, the Awan brothers are suspected to have orchestrated a long-running fraud scheme in which the office would purchase equipment in a way that avoided tracking by central House-wide administrators. They’re suspected of working with an employee of CDW Government Inc. — one of the Hill’s largest technology providers — to alter invoices in order to avoid tracking. The result would be that no one outside the office would notice if the equipment disappeared, and investigators think the goal of the scheme was to remove and sell the equipment outside of Congress.
CDW spokeswoman Kelly Caraher told The DCNF the company is cooperating with investigators, and has assurance from prosecutors its employees are not targets of the investigation. “CDW and its employees have cooperated fully with investigators and will continue to do so,” Caraher said. “The prosecutors directing this investigation have informed CDW and its coworkers that they are not subjects or targets of the investigation.”
Those fraud schemes are two major parts of the criminal case being built against Imran Awan, his wife Hina Alvi, his two brothers Abid and Jamal, and potentially others into their Capitol Hill IT work. Their work as IT aides gave them full access to all emails and files of dozens of members of Congress, and the law enforcement probe also includes a cybersecurity component.
According to the official who talked to The DCNF, Clarke’s chief of staff did not alert authorities to the huge sum of missing money when it was brought to the attention of the office around February of 2016. A request to sign away that much lost equipment would have been “way outside any realm of normalcy,” the official said, but the office did not bring it to the attention of authorities until months later when House administrators told the office they were reviewing finances connected to the Awans.
The administrators informed the office that September they were independently looking into discrepancies surrounding the Awans, including a review of finances connected to the brothers in all the congressional offices that employed them. The House administrators asked Clarke’s then-chief of staff, Wendy Anderson, whether she had noticed any anomalies, and at that time she alerted them to the $120,000 write-off, the official told The DCNF.
Anderson took over for Shelley Davis as Clarke’s chief of staff in February, the same month one of the Awan brothers requested the massive write-off for the lost equipment. It’s not clear whether it was Davis or Anderson who signed off on the form, but Anderson knew it occurred since she notified House authorities of the write-off when they asked.
LaDavia Drane replaced Anderson as Clarke’s chief of staff in January of 2017, when Anderson left to work for Florida Rep. Val Demings.
Salary records show Abid’s employment with Clarke ended in September, some six months after the discrepancy was acknowledged in the write-off and the same month Clarke’s office learned of the impending financial review. Since assuming office in 2007, the New York Democrat’s IT has been handled by, at various times, Imran, Hina, and most recently Abid.
The missing equipment tied to Clarke’s office included many iPhones and iPads, the official told The DCNF. At $800 each, the written-off sum would be enough for 150 items in an office that, according to payroll records, only has 16 employees.
Members can be personally liable for money or equipment that is lost from their taxpayer-funded office. But the write-off process exists through the House Chief Administrative Officer to square the books in cases of minor, unintentional discrepancies, such as a years-old Blackberry being misplaced.
Clarke’s chief called a House help desk to inquire about the write-off process and was told the forms are submitted routinely, but did not convey the highly unusual scale of the dollar figure, the official said.
In addition to the apparent write-off scheme, the family is suspected of funneling money from other congressional offices using the invoicing scheme that authorities believe involved cooperation from within CDW Government Inc.
Equipment purchased by members’ offices is normally tracked closely by central House-wide administrators, but House rules allow micropurchases under $500 to be treated more informally. In offices where the Awans worked, CDW invoices routinely showed high-priced items falsely billed at just under that cutoff point, the official told The DCNF. The low figure on the high-priced equipment would keep it off the tracking radar of central House authorities. The difference in the actual price was then made up by inflating the cost of a service plan, and the equipment was shipped to Imran’s house, the source said.
Not surprisingly, Clarke’s office apparently felt no need whatsoever to report the $120,000 worth of missing IT equipment to the authorities…it’s just taxpayer money afterall…
How does someone not notice 10% of her budget missing…. $120,000 of Clarke’s office budget…..just gone!
The Awan brothers worked for 50-80 Democrat House members. The Awans were only banned in February after Trump took office. This is a DemocRAT hole….follow the money and you will find the rats.
Of course, Democrat Rep. Yvette Clarke is going to imply that the investigations are racially motivated (just because Awans are Muslim). Like Blabbermouth Schultz and Awan’s attorney, Chris Gowen,…..they are all going to say it’s about ‘Islamophobia’! Democrats are ALL going to accuse the Conservative media that we are ‘racist’ because Awan is a Muslim.
In otherwords, I guess anybody who’s Muslim can get away with fraud and stealing $120,000, because the rest of us afterall, must be ‘racist’.
I mean come on people! What’s wrong with the Awans stearing a little taxpayer funds ($120,000) from just one Democrat’s office, (Rep. Yvette Clark) to buy a few computers to then use those computers to steal information, sell it and then make a profit? So what if it was sensitive and high security information that was sent to an offsite server and involved over 80 Congressional offices? What’s the big deal? Didn’t Hillary do the same thing?
This is why DC is called the SWAMP!
The crazy thing is….Democrat Rep. Yvette Clark wasn’t even worried about getting caught! She wasn’t even worried about the Awans and their breach of national security. She was simply worried about getting caught!
Can you imagine what the other 50-80 Democrats have been doing with these same Awans? This is just ONE Democrat in the DC Swamp!
Hey, Democrats! You want to talk about discrimination? Here’s a good one for ya’!
Interesting fact, Democrat Rep. Yvette Clarke is currently leading the charge in removing Confederate monuments from Fort Hamilton. Maybe if she kept an eye on her own office rather than destroying American history, she might be better off.
It seems Rep. Clarke has been busy tweeting for justice too. Just yesterday she tweeted this:
Joe Arpaio intentionally used his power to attack communities of color. He doesn’t deserve a pardon for his crimes.
Maybe Rep. Clarke should think about her OWN crimes!
…and NO I’m NOT racist….I just believe in JUSTICE for ALL and a little thing called the Constitution!