The strange case of two men who allegedly posed as Department of Homeland Security (DHS) agents in Washington D.C. keeps getting more bizarre, as images emerge on social media of one of the men allegedly photographed with actor Bradley Cooper and comedian Seth Meyers.
The images surfaced on the heels of a trove of different passports, IDs, and visas discovered in the raid on their luxury apartments.
And where was the ridiculously expensive DHS while all this was going on? Mayorkas was busy trying to figure out how to get more illegal aliens flown around the US…multiple trips to Iran raised NO FLAG???https://t.co/QgBSSDdJdc
— RD Carrington (@rdcarrington) April 9, 2022
Arian Taherzadeh, 40, and Haider Sher-Ali, 35, were arrested Wednesday for impersonating federal agents, and the damning evidence was included in a motion for detention filed by prosecutors on Friday, the Daily Mail reports.
“They are not law enforcement agents, and they are not involved in sanctioned covert activities,” according to the motion. “Neither Defendant is even employed by the United States government.”
“But their impersonation scheme was sufficiently realistic to convince other government employees, including law enforcement agents, of their false identities,” the motion for detention continued.
As previously reported in American Wire News, Taherzadeh and Ali have allegedly spent the last two years claiming they were on a DHS “special task force” and schmoozing with actual federal agents, including a Secret Service agent tasked with protecting First Lady Jill Biden.
The duo allegedly supplied agents with expensive gifts, including iPhones, surveillance systems, a flat-screen television, policing tools, and even rent-free apartments, including a $40,000-a-year penthouse in which a Secret Service agent allegedly lived for more than a year.
Secret Service agents scammed by D.C. duo posing as federal agents for two years, gifted them iPhones and a penthouse https://t.co/9aWEKC33H4
— American Wire News (@americanwire_) April 7, 2022
It was Ali who funded the pair’s exorbitant lifestyle, Taherzadeh reportedly told law enforcement following his arrest, but according to him, he doesn’t know where Ali’s money comes from.
It’s a crucial question as Ali and Taherzadeh were cozying up to agents assigned to high-profile details.
Living rent-free on Ali’s dime was at least one U.S. Secret Service (USSS) agent assigned to the detail protecting Vice President Kamala Harris’s resident at Number One Observatory Circle at the Naval Observatory, sources at the luxury apartment building told DailyMail.com, while another was on President Joe Biden’s protective detail and regularly traveled with POTUS on Air Force One.
Again, Taherzadeh pointed to Ali, claiming it was he who gained access codes and a list of the tenants living at The Crossing DC apartment complex, which is owned by Tishman Speyer, an upscale real estate firm.
“With respect to Ali, Teherzadeh stated that Ali had obtained the electronic access codes and a list of all the tenants in the apartment complex,” according to the motion for detention. “Taherzadeh further stated that Ali was the individual that funded most of their day-to-day operation but Taherzadeh did not know the source of the funds.”
Images from the Wednesday raid show “three current copies of Taherzadeh’s Washington D.C. driver’s license, passport, United States Special Police — Special Investigations Unit business cards, a USSP police badge, and several identifications and credit cards.”
NEW: A Friday motion for the detention of Arian Taherzadeh, 40, and Haider Sher-Ali, 35, includes several incriminating images – including a slew of identification cards, passports and visas showing travel to Iran, Qatar, Egypt, Pakistan and Turkey. pic.twitter.com/CyzKjp7uFO
— Katelyn Caralle (@Katelyn_Caralle) April 8, 2022
“In addition, law enforcement recovered the business card of a USSS Agent referenced in the complaint affidavit,” the motion continued.
Additionally, the motion notes: “Ali’s expired passport contained several visas authorizing foreign travel. For instance, this passport contained two visas authorizing travel from the Islamic Republic of Iran.”
“The Government has identified at least four entry/exit stamps from Mashad International Airport in Mashhad, Razavi Khorasan, Iran,” the motion states. “In addition, the Ali’s passport contained two thirty-day visas from Pakistan and one visa for travel to Egypt.”
“Customs and Border Protection records show that Ali traveled through Doha, Qatar, in November 2016, May 2019 and July 2019,” the Daily Mail reports. “He also went through there in October 2019 and returned from Istanbul, Turkey.”
The men were arrested after an encounter with a U.S. Postal Service agent who was investigating an assault on a mail carrier at the building. After the encounter, Teherzadeh claims he began deleting law enforcement material from his social media accounts.
Meanwhile, the Daily Mail managed to gain access to Ali’s Instagram account and uncovered images of Haider Sher-Ali allegedly posing with actor Bradley Cooper and “Late Night” host Seth Meyers, including a full-body shot that appears to show Ali about to board a private jet with Cooper.
The images were posted on Valentine’s Day of this year, but their authenticity has yet to be verified.
“Considering the allegations against Ali, it is very probable that the images are photoshopped, although it’s not immediately clear whether any of the images were altered,” Daily Mail reports. “It does appear they all have some sort of Instagram filter on them.”
The Daily Mail notes that, while the Instagram account only boasted 103 followers, “there are at least five people living in the building who are among that list.”
While the Daily Mail reports that Arian Taherzadeh’s social media accounts have apparently been deleted, American Wire News has learned that one Facebook account, listed under the name “Ari Eugene,” has been tied to Taherzadeh.
The page’s bio reads: “The first thing you should know about me is that I am not you. A lot more will make sense after that.”
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