Two fake federal agents Arian Taherzadeh, and Haider Ali tried to indoctrinate themselves with the Secret Service by gifting them everything from rent-free apartments to iPhones. They got close to multiple agents, including an agent in Jill Biden’s protective detail, to whom they allegedly offered a $2,000 rifle. His wife was even able to borrow a car from them. The police claimed that it was a bizarre plot that cost a lot of money. It began in February 2020.
How did they plan to invest such a large amount of time and money? The couple had long-standing foreign relations, which included Iranian and Pakistani visas. One of them allegedly suggested he had connections to Pakistani intelligence.
In order to lure agents away, they offered flat-screen TVs and rent-free apartments worth 40k per annum. One suspect offered to buy “two thousand dollar assault rifle for a Secret Service agent assigned to the First Lady’s protective detail.” pic.twitter.com/rNLn4qmWay
— Catherine Herridge (@CBS_Herridge) April 7, 2022
CBS reports that CBS claims one of them traveled to Iran in the days before the plot began. The agents described them to be a flight risk. The federal agents claimed that they had access to the security systems for the complex in which they resided and had the list of members of the defense force and federal agents who were living there. Prosecutors said that they are considering conspiration charges.
As I had noted in my earlier report, this occurred a month following the removal of Qasem Solomani by President Donald Trump. Iran had also vowed revenge.
And it doesn’t stop there.
We reported about the attempt to suborn the agent in Jill Biden’s detail. However, it turned out that there were other critical agents being employed. According to Real Clear Politics, they also were in contact with a Uniformed Division officer at the White House, an agent on Joe Biden’s detail, and a Uniformed Division officer assigned to protect Kamala Harris’ residence.
All four officers are now on administrative leave, while the Secret Service’s “Insider Threat Division” is leading the investigation into whether the employees allowed themselves to be bribed, whether they knowingly took part in the possible scheme, and whether espionage was involved.
According to Prosecutors, the Uniformed Division Officer assigned to the White House was one of those agents that received free rent and other gifts.
The filing stated that the agent lived in an apartment with three bedrooms, which he paid $48,000 per year. It was situated in the same area as Taherzadeh. Prosecutors said he was tricked into believing accepting the free rent wouldn’t raise ethics or conflict of interest issues because Taherzadeh told the agent that a division of DHS “had approved extra rooms as part of his operations, and that [agent] could live in one of them for free.”
“The investigation confirmed that there are no such [DHS] operations, and it authorized no such expense,” the filing said.
They appeared to be DHS impersonators and targeted an apartment complex that is home several law enforcement officers, as well as Secret Service employees. Ali and Taherzadeh seemed to be in control of five apartments. When investigators searched the defendants’ apartments, they found a drone, handguns, ammunition, bullet-proof body armor, gas masks, zip ties, handheld radios, body cameras, binoculars, a high-powered telescope, and four laptop computers. Investigators found what looked like official DHS patches and manuals. Also, they discovered scopes for weapons and components of disassembled guns. A list of each apartment resident was also included.
It’s hard to believe how dangerous this situation was — endangering the White House, Joe and Jill Biden, Kamala Harris, and frankly all the agents and members of the defense community in that apartment building. What other information might they have about the apartments and the people living there if they were allowed to access the building? This is a very concerning development and the authorities need to investigate who or what might have been compromised.