WASHINGTON (FOX 5DC) – Two men accused of posing as members of the Department of Homeland Security were back in court on Tuesday where they both pleaded not guilty to all of their charges.
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Arian Taherzadeh and Haider Ali are both charged with one count of impersonating a federal officer. Taherzadeh was charged with two counts of unlawful possession of a high-capacity ammunition feeder. Ali was charged with one count of unlawful possession of a high capacity ammunition feeder.
According to court documents, the two spent more than two years posing as federal government officers or employees.
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Federal investigators say Taherzadeh and Ali set up an elaborate scheme – operating out of a posh apartment building in southeastern DC in which many government employees also reside – in order to ‘infiltrate’ or to “integrate” with federal agents.
This would have included providing freebies like iPhones and a TV – even allowing two Secret Service agents to stay in rent-free apartments for about a year.
Taherzadeh and Ali were handed over to their respective fathers under GPS surveillance with certain demands.
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In court on Tuesday, both defendants demanded a speedy trial. The grand jury investigation is ongoing.
Taherzadeh’s lawyer requests a modification of his release conditions. As of now, Taherzadeh is under house arrest and cannot leave without a court order. His legal team wants him to be able to get permission to go to approved events.
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The next hearing on the state of affairs of the two accused will take place on June 28 at 1:30 p.m.