Washington DC. Arian Taherzadeh pleads guilty to impersonating Homeland Security
A Washington DC man who pretended to be a federal agent to sneak his way into real estate worth $800,000 has decided to cooperate with the federal government.
Arian Taherzadeh, 40, pleaded guilty to a federal conspiracy offense in addition to local charges of unlawful possession of a high-capacity ammunition feeder and voyeurism, the Justice Department announcement Monday.
Taherzadeh and his accused cohort Haider Sher-Ali, 35, created a fake secret law enforcement agency called the United States Special Police and created fake police credentials.
It also stored tactical gear, weapons, ammunition and surveillance equipment, officials said.
On separate occasions between 2018 and this spring, Taherzadeh falsely claimed to be a former Army Ranger, US Marshal and Homeland Security agent as part of a scheme to coerce three apartment complex landlords into giving him several apartments and parking spaces without rent for its manufacture. -up agency, according to prosecutors.
Taherzadeh then gifted weapons and stole real estate to Secret Service agents “because it deepened their relationship and enhanced his ability to impersonate a federal law enforcement officer,” prosecutors said.
Two members of the Secret Service have agreed to a year’s worth of free apartments worth nearly $90,000, according to the DOJ. Four officers have been furloughed as part of the investigation.
One of the duped officers was a member of first lady Jill Biden’s security detail, prosecutors said. Agents responsible for protecting President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris were also would have involved.
Taherzadeh also used his surveillance equipment to “clandestinely record women engaging in sexual activity” and shared the footage with others, officials said.
The elaborate ruse was uncovered when Taherzadeh identified himself as a USSP agent to postal inspectors investigating a mail carrier attack at his apartment complex in April, federal authorities said.
A sentencing date for the admitted con man had yet to be set. Sher-Ali has pleaded not guilty in the case.