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AN Washington D.C. The apartment complex is hiring a national security consulting firm to conduct an independent investigation after two men were arrested Wednesday for allegedly posing as federal agents.
Arian Taherzadeh, 40, and Haider Ali, 35, were arrested Wednesday at a luxury apartment in the Navy Yard area of Washington, DC.
The men were arrested while the Federal Bureau of Investigation executed a search warrant with the help of several others. federal government agencies at the Crossing, a luxury apartment building in Washington, DC
The two men are accused of posing as Department of Homeland Security employees who were part of a special task force related to the Jan. 6 riots on Capitol Hill. Prosecutors allege the men posed as law enforcement officers to blend in with legitimate federal agents.
Prosecutors allege the men gave US Secret Service agents gifts, including iPhones, apartments and televisions.
A witness who is also a member of the Secret Service told federal law enforcement officers during the investigation of the men that Taherzadeh also has access to “every floor of the apartment,” including some restricted areas. The witness says that he was able to gain this access by speaking with the management of the apartment complex and identifying himself as a federal agent.
Residents of the apartment complex also believe the men have access to their personal information, according to a court filing.
A court filing of tax on Friday states that “a box of documents with profiles of individual people” and “a folder containing a list of residents, apartment numbers and contact information” were found when federal agents executed the search warrant.
On Saturday afternoon, Crossing management told residents that it is hiring a national security advisory firm, Martin+Crumpton Group, to conduct an independent investigation of the incident and provide security recommendations, according to an email obtained by FoxNewsDigital.
“We are retaining Martin+Crumpton Group, an experienced national security, intelligence and cybersecurity advisory firm, to conduct a separate independent investigation. Their teams will review our operations and conduct a full audit of the incidents surrounding the two residents who were recently arrested will provide a set of recommendations to improve all aspects of our safety and security protocols,” the email reads.
Management also wrote that the building’s owner, Tishman Speyer, will bring in a team of security experts to conduct “a comprehensive review of the building’s security systems and protocols to identify and address potential breaches.”
The email states that if any of the investigations uncover privacy violations or security issues, they will be addressed immediately.
On Saturday afternoon, Crossing management told residents that “all building access controls” will be reset next week “as a precautionary measure,” requiring key cards and apps to be reset. telephone.
A resident who lives in the apartment building told Fox News Digital that key cards and a phone app are used to access different parts of the building.
FBI agents also interviewed residents of the apartment building, according to an email sent to residents.
Federal prosecutors have filed a motion to detain the men before their trial. The next hearing is on Monday.
On Wednesday, federal law enforcement officers recovered multiple firearms and ammunition while executing a search warrant. According to a court filing by federal prosecutors Wednesday morning, “numerous electronic devices” were also found, including a “significant” amount of surveillance equipment, 30 hard drives, a machine that creates and programs personal identification verification cards and blank cards with potato chips.
Kelly Laco of Fox News contributed to this report.