Man who posed as DHS agent pleads responsible and vows to cooperate in ongoing probe

An American flag waves exterior the U.S. Division of Justice Constructing in Washington, U.S., December 15, 2020. REUTERS/Al Drago

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WASHINGTON, Aug 1 (Reuters) – A person who posed as a federal legislation enforcement agent and lavished presents on members of the U.S. Secret Service pleaded responsible on Monday to conspiracy and different prices, and agreed to cooperate with the Justice Division’s ongoing investigation.

Arian “Ari” Taherzadeh, 40, pleaded responsible to conspiracy, in addition to illegal possession of a large-capacity ammunition feeding machine and voyeurism.

As a part of his plea, he conceded that he, his co-defendant Haider Ali, and an unnamed different topic conspired to recruit individuals to take part in a phony Division of Homeland Safety job pressure.

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Additionally they defrauded native condo complexes by pretending to be legislation enforcement and used a fraudulent affiliation with DHS to “ingratiate themselves with members of federal legislation

enforcement,” courtroom information say.

Taherzadeh and Ali have been arrested on April 6, prompting the Secret Service to put 4 brokers on depart pending an investigation as a result of that they had accepted presents. One of many brokers who was positioned on depart was assigned to guard first woman Jill Biden.

The sorts of presents they supplied the brokers ranged from rent-free residences in a Washington luxurious advanced, to drones, iPhones and firearms.

In courtroom filings, the federal government stated they doled out presents value over $90,000.

When the FBI raided properties related to the lads, it recovered so many weapons, surveillance gear, laborious drives and different proof that it wanted a transferring truck to haul all of it away.

Earlier than Taherzadeh started impersonating a federal legislation enforcement agent, he informed individuals he was a rich proprietor of an web internet hosting firm.

Courtroom information present he racked up greater than $1 million in debt for unpaid hire from condo complexes, luxurious automobiles, VIP field seats at Capital One Area, and a sponsorship take care of the corporate that owns a number of of Washington’s skilled sports activities groups.

His subsequent courtroom date will likely be Nov. 2. A sentencing date has not been set.

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Reporting by Sarah N. Lynch in Washington
Modifying by Matthew Lewis

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