Arian Taherzadeh impersonated a Department of Homeland Security agent while prosecutors stated that he ingratiated himself with federal agents through gifts and rent-free apartments, pleaded guilty on Monday (Aug 2). Read on to learn more about who Arian Taherzadeh is.
Who Is Arian Taherzadeh?
Arian Therzadeh, a Washington resident, bribed Secret Service employees to pretend to be members of a fake Department of Homeland Security taskforce. Previously, Arian lived along with another accomplice Haider Ali, in the luxurious Crossing Apartments in Washington, D.C.’s Navy Yard neighbourhood.
The pair told residents that they were the “go-to-guys” in the building. FBI Agents claimed that the pair spent over two years “pretending to be various officers and employees of the U.S. government.” However, officials found out that pretended to be a member of the Department of Homeland Security and often provided other residents with “gifts of favour.”
About The Case…
FBI Special Agent David Elias mentioned in an affidavit that Taherzadeh’s presents included “rent-free apartments, iPhones, surveillance systems, a drone, flat-screen television, a case for storing an assault rifle, a generator, and law enforcement paraphernalia.”
In one instance, Arian Taherzadeh allegedly offered to buy a gun for a Secret Service agent who was assigned to Jill Biden’s protective detail. Residents noted that the duo had access to their neighbours’ surveillance cameras, cell phones and other personal information.
The suspects came under the radar after a U.S. Postal Inspector responded to reports of an assault involving a U.S. Postal Service letter carrier at Crossing Apartments. Arian and Ali appeared as witnesses in the case and pretended to be HSI special agents involved in the undercover investigation of “gang-related probes” as well as the 2021 U.S. Capitol riot.
The investigation into this matter began on March 14 and the first witness stated that the “duo wanted to recruit him to serve on the DHS task force and wanted him to be shot with an Airsoft rifle as part of the “HSI recruiting process”.
It was also revealed that Arian often carried a concealed firearm, a DHS Investigations (HSI) “confidential casefile”, a badge and another credential to prove himself to be in the said position. The second witness, however, revealed that Arian sent the agent various photos of his HSI training wearing g”police tactical gear” and loaned the agent’s wife an alleged government vehicle.
In addition to this, he also provided a gun holder and offered to buy a weapon for the agent. The FBI later reported that Arian Taherzadeh’s pictures were stock photos from the internet. A third witness reportedly lived in a rent-free penthouse provided by Arian from Feb 2021 until Jan 2022. The agent also said that he received remains from Arian’s DHS email, but officials reported that the account was fake.
The Present Scenario…
40yo Arian Taherzadeh showed off pix with his tactical gear. He and partner 36yo Haider Ali were arrested Wednesday. Four @SecretService agents are on leave pending further investigation. @fox5dc pic.twitter.com/ydszFEBPdD
— Melanie Alnwick (@fox5melanie) April 7, 2022
Arian Taherzadeh and Haider Ali were charged earlier this year with falsely impersonating federal officers and possessing illegal, large-capacity ammo magazines. Both men were released from home incarceration in April. Ali pleaded not guilty.
On Monday (Aug 2), Arian pleaded guilty and agreed to cooperate with the Justice Department. The case, which put four Secret Service members on administrative leave and involved years of deception, according to court documents, continued to crystallize as new charges and information were revealed during the plea hearing. Keep reading for more updates on this case.