Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) is calling on the United States Department of Justice to freeze the assets of Imran Awan, the rogue IT aide for Debbie Wasserman Schultz who was apprehended by federal authorities on charges of bank fraud while trying to flee to Pakistan last month. Awan allegedly transferred hundreds of thousands of dollars to Pakistan prior to his attempted flight.
In a statement to The Washington Free Beacon, Congressman DeSantis, who is a member of the House Freedom Caucus, called on the White House to freeze any money from “illicit transactions” made by the rogue IT aide.
“The DOJ needs to do what it can to freeze proceeds from any illicit transactions made by Awan,” DeSantis said. “Given the allegations against him it would be unthinkable that he’d be allowed to funnel hundreds of thousands of dollars to Pakistan.”
In a letter sent to Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday, DeSantis asks the what, if any, steps the DOJ has taken to investigate funds obtained by Awan and others involved in the growing IT scandal.
Given the alarming amount of funds that were wired to Pakistan, has the Department of Justice utilized the United States Department of Treasury Financial Crimes Enforcement Network(FinCEN) to investigate the financial records of Awan and Alvi to discover evidence of other potential crimes? Have any U.S. financial institutions filed reports of suspicious activity on any bank account held by Awan or his wife? Is the Department of Justice investigating whether any funds generated from the sale of stolen property of the House of Representatives were included as part of the wire transfer to Faisalabad, Pakistan? Finally, will the Department seek a court order freezing the proceeds of any real estate transaction or from the sale of stolen technological equipment?
As we reported on Wednesday, Congressional leaders and lawmakers are moving ahead with their investigation of former Democratic National Committee chief Debbie Wasserman Schultz and her shady IT staffer; officially requesting a briefing from Capitol Hill Police regarding the widening scandal.
The investigation surrounding Schultz’ IT worker, Pakistani native Imran Awan, is picking up steam as officials demand answers over why the Congresswoman kept Awan on her payroll after he was barred from the Capitol, how much access he had to sensitive information, and the circumstances surrounding his arrest.