State Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz has fired one of her staff members following his arrest on a bank fraud charge.
Wasserman Schultz spokesman David Damron says Irman Awan, an information technology empoyee under the rep., was fired by the Florida Democrat Tuesday.
Awan's attorney, Chris Gowen, confirmed that his client was arrested at Dulles Airport in Virginia Monday as he was attempting to fly to Pakistan. He says Awan was cleared to travel and had informed the House of his plans to visit his family before the scheduled trip.
Gowen says the federal bank fraud count stems from a "modest real estate matter" and is motivated by anti-Muslim bigotry. He's confident Awan "will soon be able to clear his name and get on with his life."
An arraignment is scheduled for Aug. 21, according to Gowen.