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

Four members of the United States Secret Service, including a member who was part of first lady Jill Biden’s protection group, have been suspended after they were allegedly associated with and received gifts from two men accused of posing as Homeland Security Investigations officers.

The two men, Arian Taherzadeh and Haider Ali, have been accused of posing as federal law enforcement agents and allegedly providing Secret Service members with gifts such as free apartments for a total of 40 $000, surveillance systems, a drone, law enforcement accessories and more, court documents. noted.

“All personnel involved in this case are on administrative leave and do not have access to Secret Service facilities, equipment and systems. The Secret Service adheres to the highest professional standards and conduct and will remain in active coordination with government departments. Justice and Homeland Security,” the Secret Service said in a statement late Wednesday.

Taherzadeh and Ali allegedly posed as ‘special police’, claiming ‘to be involved in gang-related undercover investigations as well as conducting investigations related to the violence at the United States Capitol on January 6’, according to reports. court documents unsealed Wednesday night.

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

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

Another witness who was questioned in court documents and part of the first lady’s details, was told by Taherzadeh that he was part of a ‘secret task force’ and did many favors to residents who were members of law enforcement. He also offered to gift the anonymous witness an AR-style rifle.

Additionally, the anonymous Secret Service agent on the first lady’s detail was told by Taherzadeh that he had the same gun as the witness.

“TAHERZADEH came to Witness 2’s apartment carrying a Glock 19 Gen 5 in an Ayin Tactical Holster. TAHERZADEH said he had an extra holster and wanted to give Witness 2 the Ayin Tactical Holster for the new Glock 19 Gen 5 of Witness 2. Witness 2 is still in possession of this holster.”

Another witness, who is not named, allegedly saw Taherzadeh’s fraudulent Department of Homeland Security computer and Federal Training Center certificate.

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 in which residents could access it at any time. moment from their mobile device.

“These residents said they believed TAHERZADEH and ALI had access to the personal information of all residents of the apartment complex.”

A witness believed that the two men had access codes all over the building because they were posing as law enforcement.

Taherzadeh reportedly approached another DHS employee who worked for HSI. However, when the employee searched for it in the database, it could not be found.

The investigation began when the suspects witnessed an assault involving a postman and were questioned by postal inspection officers.

“The USPIS inspector provided this information to the DHS Inspector General’s Office, who then forwarded the information to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for further investigation. That’s when that the FBI began its investigation, which corroborated statements from residents obtained by the USPIS inspector,” according to court documents.

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

ABC News

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