A Washington, D.C. apartment complex is hiring a national security advisory firm to conduct an independent investigation after two men were arrested on Wednesday for allegedly impersonating federal agents.
Arian Taherzadeh, 40, and Haider Ali, 35, were both arrested on Wednesday at a luxury apartment in the Navy Yard area of Washington, D.C.
The men were arrested while the Federal Bureau of Investigations executed a search warrant with the assistance of multiple other federal government agencies at the Crossing, a luxury apartment building in Washington, D.C.
The two men are accused of posing as employees of the Department of Homeland Security who were on a special task force related to the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. Prosecutors allege that the men posed as law enforcement officers in order to integrate with legitimate federal agents.
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Prosecutors allege that the men gave U.S. Secret Service agents gifts, including iPhones, apartments, and televisions.
One witness who’s also a member of the Secret Service told federal law enforcement officers during the investigation into the men that Taherzadeh also has access to “all floors of the apartment,” including some restricted areas. The witness says that he was able to get this access by speaking with the apartment complex’s management and identifying himself as a federal agent.
Residents of the apartment complex also believe that the men have access to their personal information, according to a court filing.
A court filing by prosecutors on Friday states that “a box of documents with profiles of individual people” and “a binder containing a list of residents, apartment numbers, and contact information” were found when federal agents executed the search warrant.
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