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Congressional aides paid millions attempt to flee the US following arrest

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The House Democrat IT staffer, Pakistani-born Imran Awan, who was arrested and charged with bank fraud as he attempted to flee the United States for Pakistan, has been released pending a preliminary hearing scheduled for Aug. 21. Awan and several members of his family have been under an ongoing criminal investigation for “stealing equipment from members’ offices without their knowledge and committing serious, potentially illegal, violations on the House IT network” since last February.

Most of the suspected staffers were fired months ago, but Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) inexplicably kept Awan on staff. Equally inexplicable is the fact that Awan, his wife, his two brothers, and a sister-in-law, all on the Congressional staff,  were paid up to four times the average Congressional staff salary during their tenure.

Additionally, the highly-paid family had access “for years to the e-mails and other electronic files of members of the House’s Intelligence and Foreign Affairs Committees.” They were able to access computers and files that ordinarily require a high level of security clearance.

“For some reason his whole family has been employed on our dime, to the tune of $4 million,” exclaimed Pat Gray on today’s “Pat & Stu.”

“So … that’s an issue?” joked Stu Burguiere.

To see more from Pat & Stu, visit their channel on TheBlaze and listen live to “Pat & Stu” with Pat Gray, Stu Burguiere and Jeffy Fisher weekdays 5–7 p.m. ET, only on TheBlaze Radio Network.

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