Former Wasserman Schultz staffer indicted on bank fraud charges
U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s former information technology aide and his wife have been indicted on bank fraud charges.
A grand jury late Thursday returned an indictment in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia charging Imran Awan and his wife, Hina Alvi, of Lorton, Va., on four counts: conspiracy to commit bank fraud, bank fraud, making false statements on a loan or credit application and engaging in unlawful monetary transactions.
Awan, 37, previously had been charged in a criminal complaint with one count of bank fraud. The indictment expanded on the charges and also added Alvi, 33, as a defendant.
The indictment states that Awan and Alvi conspired to obtain home equity lines of credit for $165,000 and $120,000 from a credit union on two properties. They provided false information that the properties were Alvi’s principal residence and second home when they actually rented out the homes. Then, they transferred the proceeds to Pakistan.
Alvi, who also had worked for Wasserman Schultz, left the country for Pakistan in March. Awan was arrested in July at Dulles International Airport in Virginia attempting to board a flight to Pakistan. Awan came to the United States in 1997 and became a citizen in 2004, his lawyer, Chris Gowen, said.