Virginia Man Pleads Guilty to Making False Statement on Application for Home Equity Loan
Falsely Claimed Property Was Not Being Rented
WASHINGTON – Imran Awan, 38, of Alexandria, Va., pled guilty today to a federal charge stemming from a false statement made on a home equity loan, announced U.S. Attorney Jessie K. Liu, Matthew R. Verderosa, Chief of the United States Capitol Police, and Matthew J. DeSarno, Special Agent in Charge, of the FBI Washington Field Office’s Criminal Division
Awan pled guilty in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to making false statements on a loan or credit application. The charge carries a statutory maximum of 30 years in prison. Under federal sentencing guidelines, he faces a likely range of zero to six months of incarceration. The Honorable Tanya S. Chutkan scheduled sentencing for Aug. 21, 2018.
According to plea documents filed today, on Dec. 12, 2016, while in the District of Columbia, Awan submitted an online application in the name of his wife, Hina Alvi, to a credit union for a home equity line of credit on a property that she owned in Alexandria, Va. Awan made a material misrepresentation in the application by stating that the property was his wife’s primary residence and not a rental property. In fact, she was renting the property to tenants at the time. Awan made the misrepresentation because the credit union had a policy of not extending home equity lines of credit on rental properties. On Jan. 5, 2017, the credit union offered a home equity line of credit of $165,000. Then, between Jan. 12 and Jan. 18, 2017, the credit union transferred $165,000 into the account. Awan paid off the balance on Jan. 18, 2017.
Awan and his wife were indicted on federal charges related to the loan in August 2017. Both had pled not guilty to the charges. Under the plea agreement with Awan, the government agreed to ask the Court to dismiss all charges against Alvi at the time that Awan is sentenced.
This case was investigated by the U.S. Capitol Police and the FBI’s Washington Field Office. It is being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia.