(TargetLiberty.org) – In a recent development, 41-year-old Arian Taherzadeh has been handed a 33-month prison term for his role in masquerading as a federal law enforcement officer. Taherzadeh, alongside Haider Ali, 36, was apprehended in April 2022. The duo had been operating United States Special Police LLC (USSP), a purported private law enforcement entity based in Washington, D.C., falsely representing itself as affiliated with federal law enforcement.
The Department of Justice revealed in an announcement last Friday that Taherzadeh and Ali had falsely claimed to be special agents or investigators associated with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). It was clarified that their company, USSP, had no official ties with the U.S. government or the District of Columbia, and had not collaborated with federal authorities.
Previously, prosecutors had asserted that Taherzadeh and Ali attempted to foster relationships with federal law enforcement agents by offering gifts and luxurious accommodations to Secret Service officers. One such officer, involved in the security detail for the first lady, was reportedly offered a $2,000 assault rifle by the pair.
Taherzadeh, in particular, was accused of providing rent-free apartments, along with various gifts like televisions, drones, iPhones, and law enforcement and surveillance equipment to agents and officers.
On August 1, 2022, Taherzadeh pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy, illegal possession of a high-capacity ammunition feeding device, and voyeurism. Post his prison sentence, U.S. District Court Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly mandated Taherzadeh to pay $706,218 in restitution and undergo 36 months of supervised release.
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