New details have been reported surrounding the arrest of a now-former information technology staffer to Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.).
As FoxNews.com reported, Imran Awan was arrested at Virginia’s Dulles International Airport trying to fly to Qatar.
A House IT staffer at the center of a congressional computer equipment scandal has been arrested by federal officials and charged with bank fraud, Fox News has learned.
Fox News is told officers and agents from the U.S. Capitol Police, the FBI and Customs and Border Protection were involved in the arrest of Imran Awan at Dulles International Airport.
Awan, 37, of Virginia, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to one count of bank fraud during his arraignment in federal court in Washington, D.C. He was released but will have to wear a GPS monitor and abide by a curfew.
Awan also was ordered to turn over all his passports. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Aug. 21.
Law enforcement authorities for months have been looking into how Awan may have double-billed the House for equipment like computers, iPads, monitors, keyboards and routers. Several relatives of Awan worked for House Democrats and were fired months ago. Awan, however, was kept on staff by Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., even though he was no longer allowed access to the House server network.
Wasserman Schultz, though, has now fired Awan. Spokesman David Damron said Tuesday in a statement.
Republican strategist Mercedes Schlapp said Awan’s tribulations are worthy of a “suspense novel.”
Awan, whose privileges to access the Capitol’s computer network had been revoked, continued to work for Wasserman Schultz despite the setback.
Agents found smashed hard drives at his residence, and Wasserman Schultz previously had a heated exchange with the Capitol police chief when she…