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DC men who allegedly posed as federal agents under surveillance for possible foreign ties


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On Thursday, two Washington, DC men were arraigned for impersonating a federal officer in US district court.

Arian Taherzadeh, 40, and Haider Ali, 35, were both arrested Wednesday at a luxury apartment in the Navy Yard neighborhood of Washington, DC.

At an impeachment hearing on Thursday, a judge approved Taherzadeh and Ali’s request for a court-appointed attorney after reviewing their financial affidavits. Ali said “I don’t have any money” during his audition.

Both men face up to three years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 if found guilty.

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Federal law enforcement enter a building in Washington, D.C.
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Federal prosecutors said the Federal Bureau of Investigations executed a search warrant on Wednesday for five apartments and three vehicles in connection with the case, where several firearms, law enforcement equipment, servers and hard drives were found. Training manuals from the Department of Homeland Security and the Naval Criminal Investigative Service were also found.

A detention hearing will be held on Friday for the two men. Investigating Judge Michael Harvey ordered the two men held until Friday’s hearing.

A filing cabinet containing a list of all residents of the apartment complex was also found, according to prosecutors.

While executing the search warrant, prosecutors say Ali’s passport shows both Pakistani and Iranian visas. Federal prosecutors also allege Ali told two witnesses he had some type of connection to Pakistan’s intelligence service, Inter-Services Intelligence.

Ali is said to have made several trips to Doha, Qatar, since 2019, according to prosecutors.

During Thursday’s hearing, prosecutors also alleged that Taherzadeh admitted to deleting social media accounts after learning about the federal investigation.

DC men who allegedly posed as federal agents under surveillance for possible foreign ties

Federal law enforcement enter a building in Washington, D.C.
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Both men are currently U.S. citizens, according to prosecutors.

Both men are accused of impersonating Department of Homeland Security employees who worked on a special task force related to the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. Prosecutors allege the individuals posed as law enforcement officers in an effort to blend in with legitimate federal agents.

One of the people who received gifts previously worked in the first lady’s security department, according to federal prosecutors.

Prosecutors also allege that Taherzadeh and Ali obtained firearms, including handguns and assault rifles used by federal law enforcement.

Taherzadeh provided US Secret Service members with free apartments, iPhones, surveillance systems, a drone, a flat-screen TV, storage space for an assault rifle, and more, prosecutors say.

DC men who allegedly posed as federal agents under surveillance for possible foreign ties

Federal law enforcement enter a building in Washington, D.C.
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The apartments provided by Taherzadeh were worth more than $40,000 per unit and also offered Secret Service agents the use of “official government vehicles”.

Taherzadeh allegedly made an offer to buy an assault rifle worth $2,000 from a Secret Service agent assigned to the first lady’s security detail, prosecutors say.

A Secret Service agent was given a rent-free three-bedroom apartment by Taherzadeh, worth $48,240. The Secret Service agent stayed at the apartment from February 2021 to January 2022, according to prosecutors.

Four members of the Secret Service have been placed on administrative leave following the investigation.

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The two individuals’ plot began to be called into question when a United States Postal Inspector arrived at their apartment complex to investigate an alleged assault involving a United States Postal Service carrier, prosecutors say. .

DC men who allegedly posed as federal agents under surveillance for possible foreign ties

Federal law enforcement enter a building in Washington, D.C.
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Residents of the apartment complex told the inspector that the two men had set up video surveillance throughout the apartment complex and said they believed they had access to personal information, and even said that the men had claimed they could access their cell phones.

The men identified themselves as investigators with the U.S. Police Special Investigative Unit, which Ali said was part of the Department of Homeland Security, and said Taherzadeh was a Special Investigative Agent with the Department of internal security.

The U.S. Postal Inspector passed that information to the Department of Homeland Security’s Inspector General’s Office, where it was then forwarded to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, prosecutors say.

Prosecutors allege that Taherzadeh identified himself as a special agent from the Department of Homeland Security Investigations to a Secret Service agent who is currently assigned to the first lady’s protection detail, and Ali identified himself as a homeland security investigation analyst.

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In an attempt to prove he was an employee of the Department of Homeland Security, Taherzadeh took a picture of himself in a Department of Homeland Security Investigations “vest”. The Secret Service agent also allegedly saw several photos of Taherzadeh in police tactical gear, prosecutors said.

Taherzadeh also allegedly texted the Secret Service agent a photo he said was allegedly from training, but was actually extracted from a Department of Homeland Security social media post.

DC men who allegedly posed as federal agents under surveillance for possible foreign ties

Taherzadeh also allegedly texted the Secret Service agent a photo he said was supposed to be from training, but was actually extracted from a social media post.
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Another witness, who is also a member of the Secret Service, said Taherzadeh had access to “all floors of the apartment”, including some restricted areas. The witness says he was able to gain this access by speaking with management of the apartment complex and identifying himself as a federal agent.

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Taherzadeh reportedly controls a limited liability company called “United Special Police LLC”, which is described as a private law enforcement, investigation and protection service based in Washington, D.C.

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