Homeland Security Impersonators Arrested by FBI

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has arrested two individuals on Wednesday in Washington, DC, for allegedly impersonating Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials.

A report from CNN has identified these two individuals as Arian Taherzadeh and Haider Ali, who were found to be impersonating federal agents for more than two years, according to an affidavit. 

Taherzadeh and Ali have allegedly given expensive gifts in the form of “rent-free apartments” that cost more than $40,000 annually each to a DHS employee and members of the US Secret Service. 

Among the recipients was a Secret Service agent assigned to protect the White House and another agent was assigned to first lady Jill Biden’s protective detail. 

In a statement sent to CNN, the Secret Service has said that they continue to work with law enforcement partners on this ongoing investigation. 

The Secret Service statement further said that they have placed all personnel involved in this on administrative leave and have restricted access to their facilities, equipment, and systems. 

Both Taherzadeh and Ali have been scheduled to be arraigned today in the US District Court in Washington, DC, before Magistrate Judge G. Michael Harvey. 

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