Law enforcement in Washington DC is not only ignoring threats to the American people, apparently, but they are also ignoring threats to the Biden family as well, as news comes out that Jill Biden was in danger from two separate fake Secret Service agents.
“Update on FBI at the Crossing in Washington, D.C. — Authorities say two men were posing as federal agents, giving free apartments and other gifts to U.S. Secret Service agents, including one who worked on the security detail of First Lady of the United States Jill Biden,” Kyle Mazda reported.
Update on FBI at the Crossing in Washington, D.C. — Authorities say two men were posing as federal agents, giving free apartments and other gifts to U.S. Secret Service agents, including one who worked on the security detail of First Lady of the United States Jill Biden.
— Kyle Mazza (@KyleMazzaWUNF) April 7, 2022
Jill Biden’s Secret Service detail was infiltrated by two FAKE Homeland Security agents who allegedly showered Biden’s security personnel with gifts, according to media reports, including $40,000-a-year penthouse and $2,000 firearm.
Arian Taherzadeh, 40, and Haider Ali, 36, were both charged with False Impersonation of an Officer of the United States and taken into custody on Wednesday, after more than a dozen FBI agents charged into a luxury apartment building in Southeast Washington,for allegedly posing as fake Homeland Security officers.
“A LOT had to go wrong for this to happen. Nobody should be able to pose as a federal agent getting close to our leadership. Secret Service, your personal security details must be reviewed, investigate whatever, whoever. This is terrifying,” one Biden supporter aptly wrote in response to the news.
Their shared goal of the fakers was apparently to ingratiate themselves with the Secret Service, though it is unclear what they had hoped to gain from that level of access to the Biden family and the White House.
The plot unraveled when the U.S. Postal Inspection Service began investigating an assault involving a mail carrier at the apartment building and the men identified themselves as being part of a phony Homeland Security unit they called the U.S. Special Police Investigation Unit.
Prosecutors say the men had also set up surveillance in the building and had been telling residents there that they could access any of their cellphones at any time. The residents also told investigators they believed the men had access to their personal information.
Their infiltration has been ongoing since 2020, charging documents allege, claiming they supplied Secret Service agents with rent-free luxury apartments, high-end electronics and policing equipment.
In one instance, Taherzadeh even allegedly offered a member of First Lady Jill Biden’s security detail with a $2,000 rifle and supplied an agent with a penthouse apartment valued at more than $40,000 a year.
Four members of the Secret Service have now been placed on leave as the investigation continues.
FBI officials said the men had used the guise to get closer to four agents – one of whom served on first lady Jill Biden’s protection detail.
The agents have been put on leave ahead of an investigation, officials said.
In a statement issued to the BBC, a Secret Service spokesperson said the agents will be “restricted from accessing Secret Service facilities, equipment and systems” as the investigation progresses.
According to the affidavit filed on Wednesday by federal prosecutors, the pair of fakes” spent thousands of dollars buying four Secret Service agents and one DHS official iPhones, surveillance systems, a drone, a flat screen television, a case for storing a rifle, a generator, and law enforcement paraphernalia”.
Investigators said the men began to pose as federal agents around February 2020 in the closing months of the Trump administration, but declined to offer a motivation for the ruse and said the investigation is ongoing.
The pair also spent thousands obtaining handguns, rifles and other material to pose as DHS employees, and Taherzadeh often offered their targets the use of vehicles he said belonged to the government.
Taherzadeh also sent agents photos of himself in DHS bulletproof vests and a picture that was purportedly from a training seminar but was really pulled from a social media post.
The investigation into the pair was launched in March after an official from the US Postal Service responded to a report of an assault on a delivery worker.
Residents told the inspector that Ali and Taherzadeh had identified themselves to them as DHS special agents.
After learning of their association with the Secret Service agents, the inspector passed the information onto the DHS, who informed the FBI.
Taherzadeh and Ali are scheduled to appear in court on Thursday. It was not immediately clear if they had lawyers who could comment on the allegations.
Authorities did not detail what, if anything, the men were aiming to accomplish by posing as law enforcement officers or by providing the gifts. Prosecutors said the investigation remains ongoing.