Accused federal agent fakers in Secret Service bribery scandal get home confinement

The two men accused of impersonating federal operatives and gifting Secret Service agents rent-free apartments, smartphones, TVs and other items were ordered to home confinement this week after a federal judge ruled they were not a flight risk. 

Arian Taherzadeh, 40, and Haider Sher-Ali, 35, were released to their families on Wednesday and will remain under house arrest. The two will also be monitored by GPS technology, according to court documents outlining the conditions of their release. 

Taherzadeh was spotted by photographers entering his father’s home in Sterling, Va. Wednesday afternoon and waved to the cameras, holding a shopping bag in one hand and several documents in another. 

His father, Masoud Taherzadeh, told reporters that “Everything is beautiful, everything is good,” according to the Daily Mail.  

“There is nothing else to say now,” he added. 

US Magistrate Judge G. Michael Harvey signed the orders for the two men’s release on Tuesday and called the Department of Justice’s claims that the men were dangerous and compromised national security “overblown,” according to CNN

Harvey said the government failed to show how “national security information was in fact compromised” through Taherzadeh and Ali’s interactions with Secret Service agents. 

Arian Taherzadeh, pictured above, and Haider Sher-Ali, who are accused of impersonating federal operatives and trying to bribe Secret Service agents, were released to house arrest.
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The judge said the federal government’s claim that Haider Sher-Ali, pictured above, and Arian Taherzadeh are threats to national security are “overblown.”
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The judge noted that there is “no evidence of foreign ties in this case,” as well as no “suggestion that any foreign government that is hostile to the United States” has a connection to the case. 

Prosecutors have accused Ali of claiming to at least one witness that he had some connection to Pakistani intelligence, while his passport indicated recent trips to Iran and Pakistan.

Taherzadeh and Ali both face charges of impersonation of a law enforcement officer, which carries a maximum penalty of three years in prison. 

They were arrested last week after postal inspectors were investigating an assault on a mail carrier in the two men’s DC apartment building, and both identified themselves as members of the Department of Homeland Security’s non-existent US Special Police Investigation Unit.

Following the men’s arrest, authorities seized guns, sniper scopes, a drone, police lights, protective vests, gas masks, “breach equipment,” law enforcement insignia and equipment to make fake IDs from apartments linked to them. 

Taherzadeh and Ali have been accused of plying multiple Secret Service agents, and at least one DHS official, with gifts.

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Arian Taherzadeh and Haider Sher-Ali allegedly gave Secret Service agents rent-free apartments and other gifts.
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Federal investigators seized guns, sniper scopes, drones, gas masks, and other items from apartments linked to the pair following their arrest.
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Prosecutors say that one of the compromised agents was assigned to first lady Jill Biden’s security detail. Other reports have suggested that members of details protecting President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris were also implicated.

Four Secret Service members have since been placed on leave in connection with the investigation. However, a law enforcement source familiar with the matter told The Post said that the leave status doesn’t necessarily mean that the agents are suspected of wrongdoing or criminal misconduct.

“At this point in time, there’s no indication that Secret Service personnel were involved in criminal activity,” he said. “There is no indication that Secret Service personnel provided Taherzadeh or Ali with anything in return.”