2 men posed as federal agents, gave gifts to Secret Service officers: court documents

2 men posed as federal agents, gave gifts to Secret Service officers: court documents

Four members of the United States Secret Serviceincluding a member who was on first lady Jill Biden’s protection team, were suspended after they allegedly associated with and received gifts from two men accused of posing as Homeland Security Investigations agents.

The two men, Arian Taherzadeh and Haider Ali, were charged with posing as federal law enforcement officers and allegedly providing members of the Secret Service with gifts such as free apartments totaling $40,000, surveillance systems, a drone, law enforcement paraphernalia and more, court documents said.

“All personnel involved in this matter are on administrative leave and have restricted access to Secret Service facilities, equipment and systems. The Secret Service adheres to the highest levels of professional standards and conduct and will remain in active coordination with the Departments of Justice and Homeland. Security,” the Secret Service said in a statement Wednesday night.

Taherzadeh and Ali allegedly posed as “Special Police” and claimed “to be involved in undercover gang-related investigations, as well as conducting investigations related to violence at the United States Capitol on January 6”, according to court documents unsealed Wednesday night.

Taherzadeh went so far as to show someone who is identified in court documents as “Witness 1” an “HSI case file” they were “working” on that was marked “confidential.” They even had identical Chevy Tahoes equipped with police lights.

“TAHERZADEH told Witness 1 that as part of the recruitment process, TAHERZADEH would have to shoot Witness 1 with an air rifle to test Witness 1’s reaction and pain tolerance. According to Witness 1, because he believed that this it was part of the DHS/HSI recruitment process, he/she agreed to be shot and was subsequently shot by TAHERZADEH. During the shooting, ALI was present.”

Taherzadeh told another witness who was interviewed in court documents, and is in the first lady’s detail, that he was on an “undercover task force” and that he provided many favors to residents who were members of the law. He also offered to gift the anonymous witness an AR-style rifle.

In addition, Taherzadeh told the unnamed Secret Service agent in the first lady’s detachment that he had the same agency weapon as the witness.

“TAHERZADEH arrived at Witness 2’s apartment with a Glock 19 Generation 5 in an Ayin Tactical Holster. TAHERZADEH stated that he had an extra holster and wanted to give Witness 2 the Ayin Tactical Holster for Witness 2’s new Glock 19 Generation 5. Witness 2 is still in possession of this case”.

Another witness, whose name is not mentioned, allegedly saw the fraudulent computer from the Department of Homeland Security and the certificate from the Taherzadeh Federal Training Center.

The men told residents of the Navy Yard apartment complex where they lived that they were renting apartments paid for by DHS and set up a surveillance system around the apartment complex that residents could access at any time from their mobile device.

“These residents stated that they believe TAHERZADEH and ALI had access to the personal information of all residents of the apartment complex.”

A witness believed the two men had access codes to all parts of the building due to posing as law enforcement officers.

Taherzadeh allegedly approached another DHS employee who worked for HSI. However, when the employee looked it up in the database, he couldn’t find it.

The investigation began when the suspects witnessed an assault on a postman and were interviewed by Postal Inspection Agents.

“The USPIS Inspector provided this information to the DHS Office of Inspector General, who then forwarded the information to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for further investigation. It was at this point that the FBI began its investigation, which corroborated the resident statements obtained by the USPIS Inspector,” the court documents say.

The names of the suspended Secret Service members have not been released. Court documents did not say when these alleged interactions occurred.

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