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Democratic Congresswoman Speaks about Indicted Pakistani IT Tech

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz said two days ago that nothing has happened to change her belief that she did the right thing by keeping an information technology aide on the payroll long after other members of Congress fired him when they learned he was under investigation.  Imran Awan and his wife, Hina Alvi, were indicted last week in Washington, D.C., on four counts of bank fraud and unlawful monetary transactions.

The Congresswoman told reporters that she “”kept him on the payroll during the time that he was not arrested and not charged with anything. I was concerned about the violation of his due process rights and there were racial and ethnic profiling concerns as well.”

Awan is a Pakistani-born Muslim who is now a U.S. citizen. The charges against him allege the couple conspired to obtain home equity lines of credit on rental properties that weren’t actually residences they lived in, were not related to their work for Wasserman Schultz or the other members of Congress.