Imran Awan and four of his relatives were working as IT aides for dozens of Congressional House Democrat members of the House Intelligence, Foreign Affairs, and Homeland Security Committees.
These committees handle sensitive national security information. This story is about how Congressional aides suspected of criminally misusing access to Democrat House computer systems owed $100,000 to an Iraqi politician. This Iraqi politician is wanted by U.S. authorities and has been linked to Hezbollah, the Iranian-backed Middle Eastern terrorist outfit.
How this story isn’t plastered all over the news is a mystery. Not really, since the media only cares about scandals and corruption when they involve someone with an "R" in front of their names.
The aides IT access was terminated earlier this month amid a criminal probe by U.S. Capitol Police. They suspected a security breach, including an off-site server housing congressional data.
This is serious stuff. These guys were stealing government information, and storing it off site on a private server. Sound familiar?
The Daily Caller News Foundation Investigative Group has reported that while working for Congress, the Pakistani brothers controlled an LLC. called Cars International A. It is a car dealership the brothers financed by borrowing a $100,000 loan from Dr. Ali Al-Attar which they were unable to repay.
The Iraqi Al-Attar
Official”Philip Giraldi, a former CIA officer, wrote that Al-Attar “was observed in Beirut, Lebanon, conversing with a Hezbollah official” in 2012—shortly after the loan was made. Al-Attar has also been accused of helping provoke the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq as a leader of Iraqi dissidents opposed to Saddam Hussein.
After moving to the U.S., Al-Attar made his money practicing medicine in Maryland and Virginia and defrauding Medicare, Medicaid, and insurance companies by billing for nonexistent medical procedures.
The FBI raided his offices in 2009, and the Department of Health and Human Services sued his business partner in 2011.
Al-Attar has been breaking the law ever since he came to the U.S. He was indicted in March 2012 on separate tax fraud charges after the IRS and FBI found he used multiple bank accounts to hide income, so he fled back to Iraq to avoid prison.
“He’s a fugitive. I am not aware of any extradition treaty with Iraq,” Marcia Murphy, spokesman for federal prosecutors in Maryland, told The Daily Caller News Foundation Tuesday. “If or when he returns to the U.S., the prosecution will continue.”
Following the Democrat aides and the money
Incredibly, brothers Imran Awan, Abid Awan and Jamal Awan, as well as their wives, Natalia Sova and Hina Alvi, were all on the congressional payroll.
Not long before the indictment, Pakistani-born Nasir Khattak, who was a Virginia resident co-owned Cars International A with Abid Awan, still had access to some bank accounts holding Al-Attar’s assets.
According to court documents, Khattak was a realtor, and with Al-Attar’s permission, “acquired the money through adjustments to the accounts that he controlled as the realtor for Al-Attar.”
Abid Awan managed the car dealership’s daily operations, even though he was also employed full time running computers for Democrat representatives who include Emanuel Cleaver of Missouri, Tammy Duckworth of Illinois, and Yvette Clarke of New York.
In spite of his double duty employment as car dealership owner and congressional aide, the car dealership was still hemorrhaging money. Customers were often shown cars borrowed from a dealership next door. One has to wonder if the dealership was a front for something more nefarious.
“It was very bad record-keeping in Cars International … it is close to impossible to make any sense out of all the transactions that happened,” Khattak said in court documents. Everyone knows if you want to embezzle money from a business or launder money the best way to do it is by keeping poor records.
The dealership’s finances interwove with the House’s. A car-dealing associate who was owed money by the brothers, Rao Abbas, was placed on the congressional payroll. How is this even possible?
Pakistani-born Nasir Khattak said Cars International was a “family business” and by 2010, Imran Awan was its primary manager instead of Abid Awan.
Abid Awan filed for personal bankruptcy in 2012 because the dealership was in his name, and listed $1 million in liabilities. Bankruptcies are a major security red flag in background checks for employees in sensitive positions. Yet, this didn’t seem to raise any red flags with Democrat house members who employed these brothers.
The loan from Al-Attar was never repaid, leading to a lawsuit over the dealership’s future. Al-Attar claimed the loan default meant the dealership became his, but refused to testify in person, giving power of attorney to someone else to give evidence on his behalf.
Who was that someone else? It was Pakistani-born Nasir Khattak, who said in court that “Ali Al-Attar was out of the country as he was involved in Iraqi politics and the formation of the Iraqi government.” He was speaking for him, instead.
Remember Ali-Attar was already a U.S. fugitive. This doesn’t get any more bizarre.
The FBI Gets Involved
In November 2010, the Maryland State Board of Physicians brought still more charges of “unprofessional conduct in the practice of medicine and failure to cooperate in a lawful investigation.”
Al-Attar’s attorney said the board was a “Trojan horse” for the FBI. I still can’t find what was meant by this. The board (or FBI) said Al-Attar’s “failure to cooperate with the board investigation was deliberate, longstanding, and defiant,” and in March 2012 revoked his license.
The Awan brothers worked for many members of Congress including Andre Carson of Indiana, one of two Muslims in Congress, and a member of the ultra-sensitive intelligence committee. They were obviously in positions where they could access very sensitive national security material.
The Democrat Congress members they worked for were breached. Information was stolen and put on an outside private server. All the characters involved had some type of shady relationship with the FBI. Some of the players involved borrowed money from an Iraqi government official who is also wanted in the U.S for breaking U.S law.
There are lots of unanswered questions. Why wouldn’t we believe these guys could all be spies? Even more disturbing is the fact that the mainstream media refuses to cover this story.