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Federal investigation shows Pakistani bros secretly took $100k from Iraqi source




WASHINGTON DC –  Rogue congressional staffers took $100,000 from an Iraqi politician while they had administrator-level access to the House of Representatives’ computer network, according to court documents examined by The Daily Caller News Foundation’s Investigative Group.

The money was a loan from Dr. Ali al-Attar, an Iraqi political figure, and was funneled through a company with “impossible”-to-decipher financial transactions that the congressional information technology (IT) staffers controlled.

The three Pakistani brothers are reported to be under investigation by the U.S. Capitol Police and two have ties to Congress members from Illinois.

Imran Awan, ringleader of the group that includes his brothers Abid and Jamal, earned an estimated congressional salary of $165,130 as a shared employee – an amount 2.4 times greater than the median pay grade. Illinois Congress members Luis Gutierrez and Mike Quigley requested their staffers – including Imran - be granted access to top secret classified information.

Awan was also found by the Daily Caller to have claimed 100% ownership of a car dealership in the D.C. area.

Brother Abid reportedly worked for U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Jamal worked for U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly (D-IL).  

More on Illinois Review's February 11th story on the brothers.


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  1. Not necessarily. Peter Roskam is a big supporter of H-1B visas, which largely benefit Indo-Pak immigrants and he takes big money from US Indo-Pak business interests in his district.
    But why did not this article cite the particular Congressmens’ offices whose staffers were implicated?