Ex-The IT aide Imran Awan prison time avoids after lawyers complain about Trump

Imran Awan, the former IT support of congressional Democrats, including Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, avoided prison time Tuesday.


Imran Awan, the former IT-support of Congress-Democrats, their Federal bank fraud case attracted the interest of top Republicans, avoided prison Tuesday, after the defense complained about derogatory remarks against the defendant of a President Trump and others.

During a hearing Tuesday in Washington, U.S. District Judge Tanya S. Chutkan Awan sentenced to served three months of supervised release plus period of time. Chutkan, who cited the “unfounded allegations” against Awan, also not impose a fine.

Awan, who pleaded guilty in July to a false statement on a loan application, provided to swear a emotional statement: “I promise you wasted this second chance.”

The Prosecutor’s office, in a recent sentencing memorandum, are not in favour of jail time for Awan.

Federal guidelines recommend a sentence of zero to six months in prison, followed by two to five years of supervised release. Prosecutors said that they are not against a noncustodial sentence.

The case generated a great deal of interest in the case of the conservatives, which would have involved proposed Awan, in a cyber-breach operation. Awan, who was arrested last summer at Dulles International Airport before trying to Board a flight to Pakistan, worked as a technology staff to top Democrats, including Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

But prosecutors said that during the July-plea that they investigated allegations of misconduct on the part of Awan while working in the Congress and said that it “uncovered no evidence” that Awan “violated Federal law with respect to the in-house computer systems.”

Awan was in the July plea deal, to get the job, home equity lines of credit from Congressional Federal Credit Union, which in December 2016 through the provision of false information about a property. As part of the deal, the left of the prosecutors to drop fraud charges against Awan Ms. Hina Alvi.

In a sentencing memorandum filed this week, Awan’s lawyer, Christopher J. Gowen, called for a sentence of time served, plus a fine, citing “the costs by Imran in this case, the nature of the offense, his substantial cooperation, the positions of the United States and the presentence investigator, and the implementation of several government representatives, including the President of the United States.”

Trump Awan has referred to several times as “Pakistan’s mystery man”, and mentioned him during his joint press conference this summer in Helsinki with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Awan in Pakistan born, but came to the United States with his family when he was a teenager.

“Trump is not only the sitting government officials, which he has enjoyed, wrong or outrageously speculative and racist-tinged attacks on Imran for political advantage,” Gowen wrote in the court document, with a target of Republican lawmakers Louie Gohmert of Texas, Steve King of Iowa, and Ron DeSantis of Florida.

Assumptions about Awan’s activities were triggered after the revelations of Philip G. Kiko, chief administrative officer of the house, said in April that the house of the inspector general “discovered evidence of procurement fraud and irregularities” and “numerous violations of the internal security policy” by Awan and other IT staff with him.

Prosecutors said the government conducted a thorough investigation of the allegations” but Federal charges were not justified. The case was investigated by the U.S. Capitol police and the FBI Washington field office.

Prior to his arrest, Awan, and other IT-helper for house Democrats originally, the investigators were ” radar for months over concerns the alleged theft of the device, the access to sensitive computer systems, and more.

The government interviewed 40 witnesses took custody of the house Democratic Caucus server and other devices, checked the electronic communication between employees and questioned Awan while several voluntary interviews, the agreement said.

A grand jury in August of 2017, the first returned an indictment before the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia charging Awan and his wife, the fraud of the federal bank.

It is not the only high-profile bank fraud case, with a political connection: a Federal jury in Alexandria, Virginia, is the advises in the case of trump, former campaign Chairman for Paul Manafort. Manafort has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Alex Pappas is a political reporter at Follow him on Twitter at @Alex Pappas.

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