The House democrats have fired three brothers who did IT work for three members of the intelligence panel and five members of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs . They are now accused of unlawfully accessed the accounts of some of the House members.
Brothers Abid, Imran, and Jamal Awan are now banned from accessing any government computer systems.
Three members of the intelligence panel and five members of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs were among the dozens of members who employed the suspects on a shared basis. The two committees deal with many of the nation’s most sensitive issues, information and documents, including those related to the war on terrorism.
Also among those whose computer systems may have been compromised is Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the Florida Democrat who was previously the target of a disastrous email hack when she served as chairman of the Democratic National Committee during the 2016 campaign.
The brothers are suspected of accessing member’s systems without their knowledge and stealing equipment from the federal government. Jamal handled the IT work for Rep. Joaquin Castro, a Texas Democrat. His office says that he no longer works at the office as of 2/2/2017. Imran worked for Reps. Andre Carson, an Indiana Democrat, and Jackie Speier, a California Democrat. In 2016, Rep Tammy Duckworth employed Abid to do her IT work. The three were “shared employees” which means they would work for various representatives who shared in paying their salaries.
Signs of trouble have long been visible in public records. The Congressional Credit Union repossessed Abid’s car in 2009, and he declared bankruptcy in 2012, facing multiple lawsuits.
Security-sensitive jobs typically require background checks for credit and legal problems that can create pressures to cash in on access to secret information and documents.
Alvi has multiple second mortgages. She did not respond to TheDCNF’s request for comment.
Jamal, who public records indicate is only 22 years old and first began working in the House when he was 20, was paid nearly $160,000 a year, or three times the average House IT staff salary, according to InsideGov, which tracks congressional salaries. Abid was paid $161,000 and Imran $165,000.