With each passing day, we learn more and more about the dark and murky past of Pakistani IT staffer Imran Awan. The former employee of Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz is suspected of stealing hardware from ranking Democrats and sending sensitive intel to foreign groups. A new reports suggests Awan ran a car dealership that may have fronted as an overseas money laundering operation.
Luke Rosiak of the Daily Caller reports:
On its Facebook page, CIA’s “staff” were fake personalities such as “James Falls O’Brien,” whose photo was taken from a hairstyle model catalog, and “Jade Julia,” whose image came from a web page called “Beautiful Girls Wallpaper.”
If a customer showed up looking to buy a car from Cars International A, often referred to as CIA, Abid Awan — who was managing partner of the dealership while also earning $160,000 handling IT for House Democrats — would frequently simply go across the street to longstanding dealership called AAA Motors and get one. […]
While Imran and Abid Awan ran their car dealership in Falls Church, Va. in the early part of the decade, Drug Enforcement Agency officials a few miles away in Chantilly were learning that the Iranian-linked terrorist group frequently deployed used car dealerships in the US to launder money and fund terrorism, according to an explosive new Politico expose. […]
In 2010, the CIA dealership took a $100,000 loan from Dr. Ali Al-Attar, who is of Iranian heritage and was a minister in the Iraqi government, according to court records. Al-Attar is a fugitive wanted by the U.S. government. Philip Giraldi, a former CIA officer, wrote that Attar “was observed in Beirut, Lebanon conversing with a Hezbollah official” in 2012–shortly after the loan was made.
Wayne Black, a former law enforcement group supervisor under Janet Reno’s public corruption department in Miami believes the Awans were likely laundering money.
“Based on the modest way Awan was living, it is my opinion that he was sending most of his money to a group or criminal organization that could very well be connected with the Pakistani government,” said Black
“My instincts tell me Awan was probably operating a foreign intelligence gathering operation on US soil,” Black added.
After publishing his report, Rosiak tweeted, “Need to take $100k in Hezbollah-linked cash while you can read intelligence committee members’ emails, as their IT guy? Set up a used car dealership with fake staff, launder it from Iraq thru realtors commissions, and lie about it on House disclosures.”
As previously reported, Debbie Wasserman Schultz employed Pakistani IT staffers and brothers who were paid over $4 million dollars over the course of their employment even though they were accused of a cyber-security breach.
Imran Awan was arrested as he attempted to flee the U.S. after wiring approximately $300,000 to Pakistan. Fox News is the only cable network covering this huge scandal. When Awan was arrested he was carrying $12,000 in cash on him. His wife was carrying $12,000 of cash when she fled the country too.
Rosiak tweeted out new documents which show prosecutors arguing Awan is a flight risk and specifically wired money to Pakistan in order to give himself a financial cushion knowing he was being investigated.
#AwanBrothers filing: Prosecutors say Imran knew he was being investigated (for Capitol Hill misconduct) which is why he transferred $300k to Pakistan+his wife fled. They think he’d get a Pakistani passport+flee w/o a GPS monitor,” tweeted Rosiak on Monday.