The FBI has seized smashed hard drives from the home of a Democratic House staffer, The Daily Caller reports.
Imran Awan, a longtime IT aide of Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz, is under investigation for allegedly stealing equipment and improperly accessing the House IT network, while working in Congress. Shortly after the case went public, Awan moved out of his home in Lorton, Virginia, renting it eventually to a couple, one a Marine Corps veteran and one a Navy Officer.
The renters told The Daily Caller they found “wireless routers, hard drives that look like they tried to destroy, laptops, and a lot of brand new expensive toner”. They called the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, which coordinated with the FBI and Capitol Police to seize the equipment.
“It was in the garage. They recycled cabinets and lined them along the walls. They left in a huge hurry,” the unnamed Marine, who spoke under the condition of anonymity out of concern for his wife’s career, told The Daily Caller. “It looks like government-issued equipment. We turned that stuff over,” he added.
He further added that Awan threatened to sue the renters for stealing the hard drives, and appeared desperate to get them back.
“It was unbelievable; I don’t know where they get off thinking they’re going to sue us for items we have no obligation to hold on to,” he said, adding that although Awan came to the house “three to four times” the Marine would not allow him to enter.
“Their lawyer contacted us today via email, and said we owed $350 in late charges, and the items he left in the house,” he said.
“When we first moved in, a mailman came with certified mail from the House of Representatives. We were trying to be nice and signed for it. They lost their shit, saying ‘why did you sign for it, this is illegal!’ It was certified from the [Chief Administrative Officer of the House],” the Marine continued.
“The postman came a second time with a certified letter, and I called Imran on the spot, asking ‘what do you want me to do.’ He said ‘just send him away, I’m homeless.’ They refused to forward their mail.” he noted.