Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz has fired a Pakistani IT worker who was busted in a Virginia airport as he tried to flee the country while facing bank fraud charges, the Gateway Pundit reports.
Imran Awan was charged for attempting to defraud the Congressional Federal Credit Union by taking a $165,000 home equity loan for a property he rented, which is not allowed by the credit union because he was not the owner of the primary residence.
Authorities arrested Awan Monday evening at Dulles International Airport in Virginia before boarding a plane traveling to Lahore, Pakistan.
In a statement released Tuesday, Awan’s attorney blamed his client’s arrest to Islamophobia and the ultra-right-wing.
“The attacks on Mr. Awan and his family began as part of a frenzy of anti-Muslim bigotry in the literal heart of our democracy, the House of Representatives,” the lawyer said in the statement.
“For months, we have had utterly unsupported, outlandish, and slanderous statements targeting Mr. Awan coming not just from the ultra-right-wing “pizzagate” media but from sitting members of Congress,” he continued.