The attorney for a House IT staffer arrested this week as he was trying to leave the country fired back at the feds in an interview with Fox News, while also speculating that the bank fraud count he faces could be a “placeholder” for more charges.
Imran Awan — a former IT aide for Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., who had kept him on the payroll for months — has been at the center of a congressional computer equipment scandal. Law enforcement officials from multiple federal agencies were involved in his arrest at Dulles International Airport on Monday, as he was set to fly to Pakistan.
But attorney Christopher Gowen told Fox News that federal authorities have no evidence of misconduct by Awan relating to his IT duties.
Awan, 37, of Virginia, pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to the single count of bank fraud, which focused on loan application filings he and his wife made and was unrelated to computer services he and his family performed for House Democrats.