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Two males accused of posing as Homeland Security personnel and heaping lavish items on Secret Service brokers had been indicted by a federal grand jury Tuesday on prices of false impersonation of an officer of the United States and illegal possession of a giant capability ammunition feeding gadget, in line with a court docket submitting.
Arian Taherzadeh, 40, and Haider Ali, 36, had been arrested on April 6 however U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael Harvey launched the lads final Wednesday underneath circumstances that embrace supervision and GPS monitoring.
Both males had been already charged by prison criticism with false impersonation of an officer, however they had been indicted for possessing a Glock journal on Tuesday. Taherzadeh was additionally indicted for possession of 5 Sig Sauer magazines.
Prosecutors stated in court docket that the FBI discovered a number of firearms in addition to sniper scopes, physique armor, and gasoline masks once they raided 5 flats related to the lads earlier this month.
Taherzadeh additionally allegedly supplied to purchase an assault rifle for a Secret Service agent who’s assigned to First Lady Jill Biden’s element.
The two males had been tipped off in regards to the investigation simply days earlier than the FBI raid when a Secret Service investigator reached out to Taherzadeh about an inner probe into items the lads gave brokers, together with iPhones, flats, televisions, a drone, and even a penthouse that was rented for $40,000 a 12 months.
Four members of the Secret Service who allegedly accepted the items have been positioned on administrative depart.
Taherzadeh and Ali’s plot started to unravel when a United States Postal Inspector began investigating an assault on a mail service at their residence constructing, in line with prosecutors. Residents informed the postal investigator that the 2 males had put in surveillance all through the constructing and will entry their private data. That data was turned over to the DHS after which the FBI.
Prosecutors had argued in opposition to the suspects’ launch, saying that Ali made a number of journeys to the Middle East and had visas for Pakistan and Iran.
Taherzadeh’s lawyer argued in court docket that her shopper simply wished to be buddies with the brokers and had no intention of compromising them, whereas Ali’s lawyer stated that he truly thought Taherzadeh was engaged on behalf of the U.S. authorities.
Fox News’s Adam Sabes and Michael Ruiz contributed to this report.