WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal prosecutors on Wednesday charged two males they are saying have been posing as federal brokers, giving free flats and different presents to U.S. Secret Service brokers, together with one who labored on the primary girl’s safety element.
The two males — Arian Taherzadeh, 40, and Haider Ali, 36 — have been taken into custody as greater than a dozen FBI brokers charged right into a luxurious residence constructing in Southeast Washington on Wednesday night.
Prosecutors allege Taherzadeh and Ali had falsely claimed to work for the Department of Homeland Security and work on a particular activity drive investigating gang and violence related to the Jan. 6 rebel on the U.S. Capitol. They allege the 2 posed as legislation enforcement officers to combine with precise federal brokers.
Taherzadeh is accused of offering Secret Service officers and brokers with rent-free flats — together with a penthouse price over $40,000 a 12 months — together with iPhones, surveillance techniques, a drone, flat display tv, a generator, gun case and different policing instruments, in line with courtroom paperwork.
He additionally supplied to allow them to use a black GMC SUV that he recognized as an “official government vehicle,” prosecutors say. In one occasion, Taherzadeh supplied to buy a $2,000 assault rifle for a Secret Service agent who’s assigned to guard the primary girl.
Prosecutors stated 4 Secret Service staff have been positioned on depart earlier this week as a part of the investigation.
The plot unraveled when the U.S. Postal Inspection Service started investigating an assault on a mail provider on the residence constructing and the boys recognized themselves as being a part of a phony Homeland Security unit they known as the U.S. Special Police Investigation Unit.
Prosecutors say the boys had additionally arrange surveillance within the constructing and had been telling residents there that they may entry any of their cellphones at any time. The residents additionally advised investigators they believed the boys had entry to their private data.
Taherzadeh and Ali are scheduled to seem in courtroom on Thursday. It was not instantly clear if they’d legal professionals who may touch upon the allegations.
Authorities didn’t element what, if something, the boys have been aiming to perform by posing as legislation enforcement officers or by offering the presents. Prosecutors stated the investigation stays ongoing.