WASHINGTON - The former head of the Democratic National Committee, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, is responding to her handling of a high-profile case involving a former IT worker who did work in her congressional office.
Imran Awan was arrested last month at Dulles International Airport in Virginia, as he allegedly planned to flee the country. He was later indicted on four counts of bank fraud and related financial crimes.
Awan had attempted to transfer $283,000 to his native Pakistan through a wire transfer. He was also allegedly part of procurement scheme centered around double-billing several members of Congress for computer equipment that was supposedly used as part of his duties as a technology consultant. His wife, Hina Alvi, was also indicted, though she left the United States for Pakistan back in March and never returned.
Awan was kept on staff by Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), who is the former chairman of the Democratic National Committee, even though Awan was not allowed access to the House server network, according to FOX News.
Wasserman Schultz, who eventually fired Awan after his arrest, defended the initial decision on Tuesday, telling the Sun-Sentinel newspaper, "I kept him on the payroll during the time that he was not arrested and not charged with anything. And that was because, as I said, that I was concerned about the violation of his due process rights and also that there were racial and ethnic profiling concerns as well."
Luke Rosiak, an investigative reporter for the Daily Caller, broke the story in July. He joined Jim Lokay and Shawn Yancy on FOX 5's "5@6:30" on Tuesday to discuss the latest in the investigation.