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Democratic IT Staffer Indicted on Bank Fraud Charges

An ex-IT staffer who worked for Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) was indicted by a federal grand jury on Thursday on charges of bank fraud, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia said. Imran Awan, 37, was arrested last month as he was boarding a plane to Pakistan. Conservative media figures have peddled unfounded conspiracy theories about Awan, including the allegation that he provided DNC emails to WikiLeaks. Wasserman Schultz previously served as DNC chair. According to the indictment, Awan and his wife rented out two properties that they initially said were their primary and secondary homes so that they could obtain a home equity loan. That money was then allegedly transferred to Pakistan for undisclosed reasons.