Two men in Washington DC have been imprisoned once they infiltrated the Secret Service pretending to be Department of Homeland Security agents.
Arian Taherzadeh (40), and Haider Sher-Ali (35) were arrested.
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These two infiltrated Secret Service agents assigned to the White House, and the one set to Jill Biden gave them gifts and rent-free apartments.
Pakistani and Iranian passports were found in their apartment after the search.
The Daily Mail reported:
The two men arrested in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday who attempted to cozy up to Secret Service agents could face conspiracy charges after spending their year-and-a-half living in a luxury apartment building allegedly posing as federal agents with the Department of Homeland Security.
Just a mile from the Capitol and three miles from the White House, Arian Taherzadeh, 40, and Haider Sher-Ali, 35, were conducting an operation where they posed as agents with Homeland Security Investigations – tricking a luxury DC apartment building and its high profile residents as well as appearing to convince Metro Police Department that they were working for the government.
The question remains, however, on what Ali and Taherzadeh’s motives were in getting close to people with White House access by impersonating government agents and who was funding their lavish lifestyle and slew of gifts.
Taherzadeh and Ali are said in the affidavit to have successfully ingratiated themselves with Secret Service agents, at least two of whom were reportedly given rent-free in penthouse and multiple-bedroom luxury apartments as well as high-end electronics and policing equipment.
The free rent in several units – valued at a minimum of $40,000 per year for just one of the penthouse apartments – was apparently not paid for at all.
A former representative of Crossing DC who worked at the building since the start of Taherzadeh’s lease confirmed that none of the units were being paid for at any time. When asked why they were not paying rent on the units, the individual responded with one word: ‘Government’.
Taherzadeh will be held until his 3:30 p.m. detention hearing on Friday after an arraignment on Thursday afternoon revealed there could be connections between Ali and the Pakistani Intelligence Service.
Never want to help someone lose their job. But I’d have a hard time ever again trusting the judgement of a Secret Service officer who accepted a free luxury apt for a year and various other phones/goodies from someone who vaguely said they were some DHS undercover operative.
— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) April 7, 2022
“Specifically, TAHERZADEH has provided members of the United States Secret Service (USSS) and an employee of DHS with, among other things, rent-free apartments (with a total yearly rent of over $40,000 per apartment), iPhones, surveillance systems, a drone, a flat screen tv… pic.twitter.com/DRybf1H0H5
— Laura Rozen (@lrozen) April 7, 2022
Two men in Washington, D.C., who were allegedly pretending to be special agents with the Department of Homeland Security have been arrested and charged with falsely impersonating a federal officer.
Arian Taherzadeh and Haider Ali have been impersonating federal agents since February 2020, according to an FBI affidavit, and have been able to get close with several Secret Service agents assigned to the White House and one to the first lady’s protection detail by offering favors.
Taherzadeh allegedly provided rent-free apartments, iPhones, surveillance systems, a flat screen television and other items to win over Secret Service agents and one employee of DHS. He also offered what he called “official government vehicles” and offered to purchase a $2,000 assault rifle for the Secret Service agent assigned to the first lady, the affidavit said.