Skip to comments.Lawyer For IT Aide Says Dem Congressmen To Blame For Falsified Spending Records
Posted on 10/05/2017 2:51:08 PM PDT by Strac6
House Democrats ordered the systematic falsification of records showing how they spend their taxpayer-provided office budgets, according to lawyers for two former House information technology (IT) aides.
Its a remarkable accusation that pits sitting lawmakers against the former aides, Imran Awan, his brothers Abid and Jamal, and his wife Hina Alvi. Imran was arrested in July while trying to board a flight to Pakistan, and then indicted on four counts of bank fraud involving moving money to that country. Imran and Hina, who was also indicted, face a court date Friday.
One of Imrans lawyers, Aaron Page, acknowledged the invoicing discrepancy Aug. 21, telling The Daily Caller News Foundation, This is just how things have been done for forever. This is what experienced members of Congress expect: to expedite things, they adjust the pricing.
If members or senior staff instructed IT aides to misrepresent how budgets were spent, that could potentially explain why officials have not charged the Awans with crimes related to procurement, even a full year after House authorities gathered documentation showing invoices that claimed expensive technological items cost $499 instead of their true price: potentially an open-and-shut violation.
The only reason youre not seeing charges is because the Democrats who employed him are not cooperating, a senior Republican congressional official with direct knowledge of the probe told TheDCNF last month.
He was initially surprised by seeming recalcitrant to enforce House rules, the official said, and eventually saw it as supporting the idea that members might fear that an investigation into rogue staffers could ultimately implicate members or senior staffers in procurement misconduct.
House-wide administrators take a periodic inventory of all equipment over $500, but items listed as less than that amount can more easily go missing. The difference in the price was made-up to the vendor, CDW Government, by wrongly inflating the cost of a service plan. The cost for the equipments service plans did not count toward triggering any internal tracking. Service plans are costs associated with support in case something breaks.
Some of the equipment was shipped to the Awans homes, and many pieces of equipment could not immediately be produced when investigators asked to see it, the senior congressional official told TheDCNF.
An allegedly lackadaisical approach is especially troublesome because procurement violations are not the only focus of the probe into the Awans. The Washington Post reported that investigators found the crew accessed a server 5,400 times without authorization and transferred massive data off of the House network. Democrats are potentially letting Imran get away with security breaches to keep the procurement issues from being looked into, the senior official told TheDCNF.
We will never know the amount of penetration these guys had unless [the offices] do the right thing and come forward, the official said. Collectively, the Awans and their friend Rao Abbas ran IT for one in five House Democrats, and had access to all their files.
The Washington Post reported Sept. 17 that Abid Awans attorney, James Bacon, responded to a question about why orders were falsified to show amounts less than $500 by saying, In a fluid situation you do what youre ordered to do. Any missing equipment, Bacon said, disappeared after it was brought to the folks who were demanding it. It sounds to me like theres a lot of scapegoating here.
Christopher J. Gowen, one of Imrans lawyers, added in The Washington Post: Theres nothing that Imran did that wasnt requested by one of his clients on House staff.
Members muted response is difficult to square with the fact that Democrats were the ones whose data was in jeopardy and that they have spoken passionately about the importance of cybersecurity, particularly in the context of Russia. Fifteen of the 17 female members of Congress tied to the Awans would not even express concern to TheDCNF when provided with police reports showing multiple women called the cops on Imran, with one saying she felt like a slave.
TheDCNF first revealed the details of the long-running procurement issues Aug. 20, including that Democratic Rep. Yvette Clarke of New York did not immediately fire Abid after learning that $120,000 of equipment was missing from her office. Her chief of staff instead filed papers to remove the equipment from the inventory, and did not alert authorities or fire Abid until House administrators contacted the office months later to say they would be reviewing that Awans actions.
When TheDCNF asked for comment before publication of that story, Gowen replied, Not one thing you have reported has been even remotely true. The day after the story ran, Page, one Imrans lawyers working alongside Gowen, acknowledged, I certainly wouldnt say everything is false, and blamed House members and their staffs.
That was Chris being Chris and generalization This is obviously part of the original thing that police are looking into, he told TheDCNF.
As it relates to the $120,000 write-off, It had to do with an outgoing chief of staff who I dont remember the guys name off the top of my head but I think there was potentially some issues there, Page said, referring to Shelley Davis, Clarkes outgoing chief of staff, who would have signed off on purchase orders.
There may be cases on Capitol Hill of other people certainly not Imran who are enriching themselves who are taking devices or abusing expense accounts, Page said. Potentially, part of that inventory reflects irresponsible practices by other people but none of it was in Imrans hands.
Clarke and Davis have both declined to explain.
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Court records suggest Davis has had money problems, and the Awans have also had major financial issues, with Abid declaring bankruptcy and other family members struggling to get cash together involved in a major land deal in Pakistan.
Members were aware an investigation into the Awans would include the purchase order issue, Page said. It is part of Capitol Hills initial investigation and I think they told a bunch of members of Congress that right around when they fired everybody, he told TheDCNF.
He also blamed CDW Government, a major government contractor that provided the equipment in question. The senior House official said an employee for the company agreed to alter the invoices at Imrans request. The company said it is cooperating with prosecutors but that it does not expect to be charged with a crime.The biggest vendor that provides 80-100 percent of technology on Capitol Hill was part of this, Page told TheDCNF.
Falsifying purchase orders didnt expedite purchasing items it just made it easier for them to disappear, the senior congressional official said.
Page would not explain how it was a matter of convenience: I dont understand or Im not going to get in the details of it because I need to look at my notes, but it basically goes back to the idea that it expedites the process to adjust the pricing between the way things are listed.
Asked how his client altering invoices wasnt a crime, Page replied, Im not going to comment whether the practice is in violation of X or Y or Z regulation on the Hill.
He expressed confidence that they wont be charged with procurement fraud, despite the existence of vouchers. It will be proven false if we have to prove it false, he said. And I dont expect well have to.
The Sept. 17 WaPo article reported, As of Sept. 1, 2016, there had been 34 purchases totaling nearly $38,000 where the costs of the item was manipulated to obtain a purchase price of $499.99, according to the document. There were $799 iPads and a $640 television on the list, records show. Most of that equipment was left off the official House inventory, investigators found. And investigators found that some of it had been delivered to the homes of the Awan brothers, according to a person familiar with the investigation.
The senior congressional official told TheDCNF 34 invoices are only the tip of the iceberg, and that not all the offices paperwork had been reviewed. He expressed surprise that the members wouldnt have wanted to scour their paperwork on their own to help find evidence of wrongdoing by a rogue staffer.
This is the standard governmental approach to fraud and Theft. So it’s his fault their fault it was their fault he told me to do it. It’s the way we’ve always done it that’s how we do it it used to be that we did it this way now we do it this way it’s his fault our fault their fault everybody’s fault not my fault as the vendors fault everything.
Dem Rep Yvette Clark of New York’s 9th Congressional District in Brooklyn is a safe district for her with the following racial makeup: 32.6% White, 52.7% Black, 6.6% Asian
Remember the religion of peace & now nobody is above the law. Now you see why we will & are becoming a 2nd rate nation.
it’s difficult to know which of the two groups of liars are lying the most: Democrat House members or the Pakistani IT con artists.
The only reason youre not seeing charges is because the Democrats who employed him are not cooperating, <<<
NO!!!!!!!!!!...the Republicans that used the same “tactics” just had different IT guys!!....
Think about it...Check their budgets !!!!!!!!
The R IT types are not foreign Islamics!
>The R IT types are not foreign Islamics!
Well, HELL, that makes it right-as-rain. It’s only taxpayer $$$.
No independent audits, no validations, no chain of command in sign-offs, no ‘common biz practices’, just more of the “One set of rules for thee, not so much for me”
Yet again, govt: Making Enron look like pikers
There's so many stupid people in Congreess, it's hard to choose.
Among the top viscerally stupid Democrats in Congress: Democrat NY Cong Yvette Clarke. Her IT, Imran Awan, persuaded Clarke to order 120,000 tax dollars of expensive tech equipment, supposedly "for her office," delivered to his home.
Cong Clarke unblinkingly agreed to all of this. She approved a $120, 000 "write-off" of the tech purchases thus making the tax dollars and the devices "just disappear."
<><>The tax-paid devices tied to NY Democrat Cong Yvette Clarkes office included some 150 iPhones and iPads.
<><> Priced at $800 each, Democrat Cong Clarke's $120,000 write-off would buy 150 devices.
<><> Cong Clarke's office, according to payroll records, has only 16 employees. Taxpayers might ask why Cong Clarke's 16-man staff needed 10 electronics each?
Democrat Cong Clarke's office refused to tell a reporter which staffer signed the form, and why they did not fire the Paki IT at that time, or why they did not alert authorities (not reporting knowledge of a crime IS a crime).
Taxpayers should be aware that Cong Yvette Clarkes chief routinely called a House help desk to inquire about the write-off process but did not ever convey the highly unusual scale of the dollar figure, the official said.
Stupidly signing off on a falsified invoicing scheme, the equipment Democrat Yvette Clark ordered (then wrote-off) got shipped ..... not to the Congressional office...... but to Imrans private residence.
Voters for The Stupidest Member should be aware that Democrat Yvette Clark (or high-level staffer with financial responsibility in her office) would have to sign a voucher for each such purchase.
Taxpayers may undoubtedly wonder how Democrat Yvette Clark wouldnt have noticed (A) that tech equipment was being purchased, (B) in large quantities Democrat Clarke might not plausibly need, (C) but never actually materialized at Cong Clarke's office.
Cong Yvette Clarke describes herself as a "Caribbean-American."
Yvette Clarke's Caribbean connection is interesting.
The area has lots of out-of-the-way offshore banks---
ideal for secret accounts and money-laundering.
IT Imran's employer, Democrat Yvette Clarke
proudly describes herself as a "Caribbean American."
There's even a "Caribbean Caucus" on Capitol Hill.
Democrat Clarke's Caribe Connection could prove to be interesting.
Clarke had the answers for Democrats as to where to stash tax dollars.
REFERENCE---Investigators found Ponzi King Bernie Madoff had stashed billions offshore---into a labyrinth of financial entities. Some $8.9 billion was funneled to Madoff through a dozen so-called feeder funds based in Europe, the Caribbean and Central America.
Madoff's stash in hedge funds, management companies and service providers evaded scrutiny for decades.
I wonder how much of the IT guys’ inflated salaries were required to be kicked back in cash, to support mistresses and drug buys for the congresspeople?
It is entirely possible that House Democrats may have committed federal offenses, including, but not limited to:
<><> Title 18 U.S.C. §1341, Mail Fraud, 18 U.S.C.§1001, Presenting a False Document to an Agent of the US Government for funding (may involve several felonies and could include forgery);
<><> 18 U.S.C.§1027 False statements and concealment of facts in relation to funding documents required by ERISA enacted 1974 and other possible offenses including civil and/or criminal RICO violations.
<><> 18 U.S.C. §§1961-68 (RICO Act)18 U.S.C. §1001 (making false Statements to Agents of the US Government regarding federal funding),
<><> 18 U.S.C. §241(Conspiracies Against Civil Rights). Violation of Civil Rights under Color of law and conspiracy. Conspiring with others to violate constituents' rights.
<><> Possibly full investigations centering on RICO conspiracies under 18 U.S.C. §1962(c) could be warranted because (1) the persons (2) were employed by or associated with a federally funded enterprise (3) that engaged in or affected interstate commerce, and, that (4) the persons operated or managed the enterprise (5) through a pattern (6) of racketeering activity, and (7) the taxpayers were injured by reason of the pattern of racketeering activity.
<><> Alleged Offenses could include Violation of Rights which prohibits in relevant part, two or more persons (from conspiring) to injure, oppress, threaten, or intimidate any person in any State, Territory, Commonwealth, Possession, or District
<><> Title 18 U.S.C. §2 41 Conspiracy Against Constitutional mandates in the free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege secured by the Constitution or laws of the United States, or because of having so exercised the same . . . See, 18 U.S.C. §241.
Taxpayers demand the following agencies commence investigations at once:
<><> FBI Wire Fraud Division
<><> IRS-Fraud Unit
<><> Department of Justices Office of the Inspector General,
<><> Department of Commerces Office of Inspector General.
<><> DOJs Criminal Division Public Integrity Section
<><> DOJ Criminal DivisionOrganized Crime and Gang Section.
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TALKING POINTS: (A) taxpayers demand action on House shakedown schemes. (B) sever all public monies that fund this activity.
REFERENCE--Falsifying Government Documents. involves altering, changing, or modifying a document for the purpose of deception.......can also involve forgery and/or passing copies of false documents. Falsifying documents is usually done in connection with broader criminal aims, such as extortion, government fraud, tax evasion, money laundering, financing terrorism........
Types of documents commonly falsified may include:
◾Tax returns and income statements
◾Bank account records
◾Business record keeping books
◾Immigration documents (such as visas, passports, etc.)
◾Identification cards and birth certificates
Many different types of acts can be considered as falsifying a document, including:
◾Altering or misrepresenting factual information such as prices or monetary amounts
◾Stating false information when requested to provide truthful statements
◾Forging a signature
◾Using official letterheads without authorization
◾Concealing assets or property WRT obtaining federal/state grants))
◾Knowingly using or distributing a fake document
A person can only be held criminally liable if they are deliberately acting with the intention of deceiving or defrauding another party.
Falsifying documents is a very serious offense and is generally classified as a felony. This means that a person charged with falsifying documents may be subject to the following legal penalties:
◾Having to pay a monetary fine
◾Incarceration in a prison facility
Depending on the gravity of the offense, as well as individual state laws, falsifying documents can result in a prison sentence of 5-10 years. Also, if government documents or authorities were involved, the legal penalties may be more severe. ..... legal penalties may increase with repeat offenses.
The penalty for falsifying government documents is outlined in the Crimes Act of 1958.
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