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Wasserman Schultz Fires IT Staffer Following Arrest for Bank Fraud

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Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (Fla.) has fired an IT staffer after he was arrested on a bank fraud charge at Dulles Airport in Virginia, where he was attempting to fly to Pakistan.

Wasserman Schultz's spokesman, David Damron, said that Imran Awan was fired on Tuesday, according to the Associated Press.

Awan's attorney confirmed that the former staffer was arrested at Dulles Airport on Monday. He said Awan had informed the House of his plans to visit his family for the trip.

Awan was one of five House contractors under investigation for "stealing equipment from members' offices without their knowledge" and "committing serious, potentially illegal, violations on the House IT network," Politico reported in March.

Wasserman Schultz had continued to employ Awan despite the allegations and his congressional IT privileges being revoked.

Awan's attorney, Chris Gowen, said the federal bank fraud count stems from a "modest real estate matter" and is motivated by anti-Muslim bigotry.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Aug. 21.