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DC Apartment That Housed Suspected Fake Feds Hires National Security Firm For ‘Full Audit’


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A Washington, DC apartment complex is hiring a national security consulting firm to conduct an independent investigation after two men were arrested Wednesday for allegedly impersonating federal agents.

Arian Taherzadeh, 40, and Haider Ali, 35, were both arrested Wednesday at a luxury apartment in the Navy Yard neighborhood of Washington, DC.

The men were arrested as the Federal Bureau of Investigations executed a search warrant with the assistance of several other federal government agencies at the Crossing, a luxury apartment building in Washington, D.C.

Both men are accused of impersonating Department of Homeland Security employees who were part of a special task force related to the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol. Prosecutors allege the men posed as law enforcement officers in order to blend in with legitimate federal agents.

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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 investigating the men that Taherzadeh also had access to ‘all floors of the apartment’, including some restricted areas . The witness says he was able to gain this access by speaking with 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 filing filed Friday by prosecutors says “a box of documents containing profiles of people” and “a binder containing a list of residents, apartment numbers and contact information” were found when federal agents executed the Search warrant.

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On Saturday afternoon, Crossing management told residents it was engaging a national security consulting firm, Martin + Crumpton Group, to conduct an independent investigation into the incident and provide security recommendations, according to an e-mail. email obtained by Fox News Digital.

“We are engaging Martin + Crumpton Group, a national security, intelligence and cybersecurity consultancy firm, to conduct a separate independent investigation. Their teams will analyze our operations and conduct a full audit of the incidents surrounding the two recent residents. They will provide a set of recommendations to improve all aspects of our safety and security protocols,” the email read.

Management also wrote that building owner Tishman Speyer is bringing in a team of security experts to perform “a thorough review of the building’s security systems and protocols to identify and address any potential breaches.”

The email states that if any of the investigations reveal privacy breaches or security issues, they will be addressed immediately.

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Federal law enforcement enter a building in Washington, D.C.
(Fox News/Kelly Laco)

On Saturday afternoon, Crossing management told residents that “all building access controls” will be reset next week “as a precaution”, which will require a reset of access cards and phone applications. .

A resident who lives in the building told Fox News Digital that access cards and a phone app are used to gain access to different parts of the building.

FBI agents also interviewed residents of the building, according to an email sent to residents.

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DC Apartment That Housed Suspected Fake Feds Hires National Security Firm For ‘Full Audit’

Federal law enforcement enter a building in Washington, D.C.
(Fox News/Kelly Laco)

Federal prosecutors have filed a motion to hold the men pending trial. The next hearing will be on Monday.

On Wednesday, federal law enforcement officers recovered several firearms along with ammunition while executing a search warrant. According to a 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 security verification cards. personal identity and blank cards with fries.

Fox News’ Kelly Laco contributed to this report.

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