Landlord of men accused of posing as DHS agents won judgment for unpaid rent

Arian Taherzadeh seen in photos submitted in a DOJ affidavit.

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The landlord of two Washington, D.C. men accused of posing as Department of Homeland Security agents has won a judgment for more than $222,000 in unpaid rent for the five apartments they lived in and loaned to US Secret Service agents, according to a court filing.

The default judgment against the United States Special Police, a company linked to men Arian Taherzadeh and Haider Ali, was filed in Washington Superior Court in January.

United States Special Police, which is not a law enforcement agency, had rented the five Crossing on First Street apartments since late 2020, according to a lawsuit filed in July by a limited liability company owned by Tishman Speyer, the real estate giant that owns the building.

But the USSP had paid no rent during that time, the lawsuit says.

And “they had created a fake person to sign the lease,” a federal prosecutor said in court Friday, referring to Tazherzadeh and Ali.

A spokesperson for Tishman Speyer declined to comment on the matter.

The rent case came to light as the men were due to appear in a detention hearing in US District Court in Washington.

Prosecutors have asked a judge to order the men to be held without bond.

Ali, 35, and Taherzadeh, 40, were arrested Wednesday at Crossing on First Street, located in the Navy Yard neighborhood of southeast Washington.

Federal prosecutors accuse them of posing as Homeland Security agents for several years and say the FBI found law enforcement weapons, ammunition and paraphernalia in their apartments, despite the fact that neither of the two men is employed by law enforcement.

A filing by prosecutors on Friday said that while claiming to be law enforcement agents involved in covert operations, “they compromised United States Secret Service (USSS) personnel involved in protection details and having access to the White House complex by lavishing gifts on them, including rent-free living.”

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“Taherzadeh said Ali obtained electronic access codes and a list of all tenants in the apartment complex,” which has hundreds of units, according to the filing. These access codes allow tenants to enter their apartments and amenity areas, and to operate the resort’s elevators.

Four members of the Secret Service have been placed on leave following the case.

The Secret Service did not say whether those agents included one who had been assigned to the protective detail of first lady Jill Biden.

This agent was identified in a criminal complaint as having been offered an AR-15 type assault rifle worth $2,000 by Taherzadeh. He lived in an apartment below Taherzadeh in the same building, according to the complaint.

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