Three U.S. House staffers employed by Democrats have been caught hacking into the computers of Members of Congress and stealing equipment.
Imran, Abid, and Jamal Awan were employed by Democrat members of Congress serving on the Intelligence, Foreign Affairs, and Homeland Security committees. These committees deal with highly sensitive information and documents, including those related to the war on terrorism:
Jamal handled IT for Rep. Joaquin Castro, a Texas Democrat who serves on both the intelligence and foreign affairs panels.
“As of 2/2, his employment with our office has been terminated,” Castro spokeswoman Erin Hatch told TheDCNF Friday.
Jamal also worked for Louisiana Democrat Rep. Cedric Richmond, who is on the Committee on Homeland Security.Imran worked for Reps. Andre Carson, an Indiana Democrat, and Jackie Speier, a California Democrat. Both are members of the intelligence committee, and their spokesmen did not respond to TheDCNF’s requests for comment. Imran also worked for the House office of Wasserman Schultz.
Then-Rep. Tammy Duckworth, an Illinois Democrat, employed Abid for IT work in 2016. She was a member of House committees dealing with the armed services, oversight, and Benghazi. Duckworth was elected to the Senate in November, 2016. Abid has a prior criminal record and a bankruptcy.
Abid also worked for Rep. Lois Frankel, a Florida Democrat who is member of the foreign affairs committee.
The brothers were “shared employees,” meaning they are hired by multiple offices which split their salaries. It’s up to each office to fire them — and based on the above, the brothers have not been fired.
According to public records, the Congressional Credit Union repossessed Abid’s car in 2009, and he declared bankruptcy in 2012. This despite being paid $161,000 per year — more than three times the average House IT staff salary according to InsideGov. Jamal and Imran were paid $160,000 and $165,00 per year, respectively.