Dem Aides Escape Criminal Charges Despite Warnings

  • 2019-01-23
  • Source: AAN
  • by: AAN Staff
Dem Aides Escape Criminal Charges Despite Warnings
One and a half years after the House began collecting evidence showing apparent criminal hacking tied to congressional activities, no members of the Awan family have faced charges.

The scandal raises the question of whether our leaders take cybersecurity seriously. (The Daily Caller)
 

A hacking probe could take time. Yet colleagues with first-hand knowledge of suspicious activity told The Daily Caller News Foundation they have not even been interviewed. There is also no shortage of lesser charges that could appear to apply, and it is unclear why prosecutors haven’t pursued them. Potential allegations :

  • False statements on House personal financial disclosure forms
  • Theft of public money through ghost employment and procurement fraud (vouchers indisputably misstate the value of equipment they purchased in ways that made it easier for it to disappear without being noticed by House-wide bookkeepers)
  • Tax fraud
  • Bankruptcy fraud
  • Mortgage fraud

Imran Awan and his wife Hina Alvi face charges only of lying to the government and the Congressional credit union to withdraw hundreds of thousands of dollars, which Democrats have painted as having no bearing on the couple’s congressional work. The funds were transferred to Pakistan to be used in a major real estate development deal that has itself been the subject of fraud accusations.

The couple moved their money overseas and went to Pakistan themselves shortly after investigators told authorities they had accessed House servers without authorization thousands of times and transferred huge amounts of data off the network, according to court records and House briefings.

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