Two men accused of impersonating federal officers in Washington plead not guilty

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.


The next hearing on the state of affairs of the two accused will take place on June 28 at 1:30 p.m.

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