Man posing as agent offered to buy gun for Jill Biden Secret Service guard

A man accused of posing as a federal agent allegedly offered to buy a $2,000 assault rifle for a Secret Service agent, part of a protective detail of first lady Jill Biden.

Ariane Tehrzadeh is accused of impersonating a federal law enforcement officer along with another person, Haider Ali. The two men allegedly gave gifts, including rented apartments, to Secret Service agents.

Four Secret Service agents have been suspended, including one assigned to the First Lady. Those agents have not been named. Another agent is listed in court documents as an unidentified witness in Biden’s description and was offered the rifle by Tehrzadeh.

America’s First Lady Dr. Jill Biden remarks during the Cancer Moonshot Initiative event in the East Room of the White House on February 02, 2022 in Washington, DC. A member of Biden’s protective detail has been suspended after two men were accused of impersonating federal agents and giving gifts to Secret Service personnel.
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More than a dozen FBI agents broke into the men’s apartment building in Washington DC on Wednesday night and took them into custody.

Tehrzadeh and Ali are accused of being employees of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). They reportedly described themselves as “special police” and claimed to be “involved in investigations related to the Undercover gang as well as investigations related to the January 6 violence at the United States Capitol.”

The two men reportedly bought four Secret Service agents and a DHS official gifts such as rent-free apartments, including a penthouse with a total annual rent of more than $40,000, as well as other gifts such as drones, iPhones, surveillance system and other law enforcement materials.

According to unsealed court documents on Wednesday, Tehrzadeh told a Secret Service agent on Jill Biden’s details — known as Witness 2 in the filing — that he had the same agency gun the agent had. He also offered to buy her a rifle for $2,000.

“Taherzadeh came to Witness 2’s apartment in an inn tactical holster carrying a Glock 19 Generation 5,” court documents said. “Taherzadeh said he has a spare holster and wants to give Witness 2 the Ayin Tactical Holster for the recently released Glock 19 Generation 5. Witness 2 is still in possession of this holster.”

Prosecutors said the pair began posing as federal agents around February 2020. An investigation began on March 14, 2022, when he was questioned as a possible witness to an attack that involved a US Postal Office employee.

The men told an inspector from the United States Postal Inspection Service (USPIS) that they were part of a DHS unit called the US Special Police Investigation Unit, which does not exist. The inspector forwarded the information to the Office of the Inspector General, who then informed the FBI.

The Secret Service issued a statement on Wednesday night regarding the suspension.

“All personnel involved in this case are on administrative leave and restricted from accessing Secret Service facilities, equipment and systems. The Secret Service adheres to the highest standards of professional standards and conduct and will remain in active coordination with the Departments of Justice and Homeland.” security,” the statement said.

Tehrzadeh and Ali also installed a surveillance system in the Navy Yard apartment complex where they lived. Residents can access the system from their mobile devices.

“These residents said they believed Tehrzadeh and Ali had personal information from all residents of the apartment complex,” court documents said.

According to The Associated Press, it was not immediately clear whether the two individuals had attorneys. He is to appear in court on Thursday.

newsweek Comment has been sought from the White House.

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