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Man pleads guilty to impersonating federal law enforcement in fraudulent scheme

One of two men accused of posing as federal law enforcement agents and deceiving US Secret Service agents pleaded guilty this week to conspiracy, among other counts, including the illegal recording of sex videos of women without their consent.

Authorities say Arian Taherzadeh used a fake persona as a federal law enforcement officer to get close to real members of the Secret Service, including at least one assigned to the White House, and defraud several apartment buildings. apartments in Washington, DC over $800,000 in rent and utilities.

Taherzadeh and his alleged associate Haider Ali had several guns and various equipment which they kept in one of the penthouse apartments. Ali, a co-defendant in the case, had maintained his innocence since the pair were arrested last April and pleaded not guilty to the charges against him.

Taherzadeh sent Witness 2 several photos of police equipment in his apartment. In the photo, Pelican holsters, which are often used to carry firearms, appear on a shelf behind Taherzadeh.

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In addition to living rent-free with his associates, Taherzadeh provided two Secret Service employees with their own luxury apartments for about a year using his fake persona.

“The Secret Service adheres to the highest professional standards and conduct and will remain in active coordination with the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security,” the Secret Service said in a statement at the time.

Posing as a federal official, Taherzadeh gained access to video from apartment complex security cameras and set up his own surveillance system. He installed cameras outside and inside his apartment, using them “to record women engaged in sexual activity”, according to the guilty plea.

Man pleads guilty to impersonating federal law enforcement in fraudulent scheme

In furtherance of his efforts to introduce himself as a DHS/HSI member, Taherzadeh allegedly sent Witness 2 a photo wearing an HSI “vest,” according to court documents.

United States District Court for the District of Columbia

A 9mm Glock handgun with high capacity magazine, an unlicensed long gun and several electronic devices including more than two dozen hard drives, a computer server and surveillance equipment were among the evidence seized by authorities .

Tactical gear often used by law enforcement, clothing with police logos and a fingerprint kit were also found in the apartment.

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