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Fake federal agent who tricked the Secret Service pleads guilty


One of two men charged with impersonating federal law enforcement officials in a scheme that deceived Secret Service agents and others pleaded guilty Monday to multiple charges in Washington, D.C.

Arian Taherzadeh’s plea came nearly four months after his arrest with a second man, Haider Ali, revealed allegations that they compromised Secret Service agents with access to the White House – including at least one in charge of protect first lady Jill Biden.

He also revealed a cache of weapons and police equipment in the apartments maintained by the two Washington men.

In addition to the federal conspiracy, Taherzadeh, 40, as part of his plea, also admitted guilt to two District of Columbia offenses: unlawful possession of a high-capacity ammunition feeder and voyeurism.

This latest charge relates to his unauthorized videotaping of women having sex in apartments he has rented and equipped with surveillance cameras.

Taherzadeh’s sentencing date has not been set. He faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison, but federal sentencing guidelines in his plea agreement suggest he face a prison term of between 37 and 46 months.

As part of his plea deal, Taherzadeh has agreed to cooperate with federal authorities in their ongoing investigation. He remains free, but cannot leave his home, with some exceptions, as a condition of his court-ordered release after his arrest.

Prosecutors said he concocted his elaborate series of false federal agent claims to secure several apartments for which he had not paid rent, to promote his own security company and to have fun with real agents. federal.

Ali, 36, has pleaded not guilty to charges of falsely impersonating a federal officer and unlawfully possessing a high-capacity ammunition feeder in the case, which is pending in court in U.S. District of Washington. Ali is also under house arrest.

Prosecutors said a third person, who was not identified in court documents, participated in the scheme.

Taherzadeh in 2018 created a purported private investigation agency called United States Special Police, which, despite its name, was in no way associated with the US government, prosecutors said.

From late 2018 through April, Taherzadeh falsely claimed to be a Department of Homeland Security special agent, federal task force member, former U.S. Air Marshal, and former Army Ranger, according to reports. court documents.

He used the claims to get close to Secret Service agents, some of whom gave gifts including a generator and an “apocalyptic” backpack to one agent, and the use of two rent-free apartments for about a year at two other officers. , prosecutors said.

In total, the gifts to Secret Service members were worth more than $90,000, prosecutors said.

Taherzadeh’s company secured leases for several apartments in three apartment complexes in Washington, but failed to pay rent, parking fees and other fees, resulting in losses of more than $800,000 for the owners of the apartments. complex, according to the documents.

And “Taherzadeh has installed surveillance cameras outside and inside his apartment in one of the compounds,” the US Department of Justice said in a press release.

“Among other places, he installed, maintained and used cameras in his bedroom. He used these cameras to record women engaged in sexual activity. Taherzadeh then showed these explicit videos to third parties,” according to the statement.

Four Secret Service members have been placed on administrative leave pending further investigation following the arrests of Taherzadeh and Ali.

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