The FBI has arrested two men for bribing Secret Service personnel by posing as government officers and spending thousands of dollars.

Two guys were apprehended by US security officials after they spent thousands of dollars attempting to bribe and corrupt Secret Service agents.

The FBI has charged Arian Taherzadeh, 40, and Haider Ali, 36, of posing as Department of Homeland Security (DHS) workers, according to an affidavit filed with a US federal court.

The men exploited the bogus identities to draw closer to four secret service agents, one of whom was on US first lady Jill Biden’s protection detail, according to FBI sources.

A Secret Service official stated in a statement on Thursday, April 7, that the agents will be “limited from accessing Secret Service buildings, equipment, and systems” as the investigation continues.

According to an affidavit filed by federal prosecutors on Wednesday, Mr Taherzadeh and Mr Ali spent thousands of dollars on “rent-free apartments (with a total yearly rent of over $40,000 (£30.578) per apartment), iPhones, surveillance systems, a drone, a flat screen television, a case for storing an assault rifle, a generator, and law enforcement paraphernalia” for four Secret Service agents and one DHS official.

They also offered to buy an assault gun for one of the agents who worked as Mrs Biden’s bodyguard for $2,000 (£1,528). According to investigators, the individuals began impersonating federal officers in February 2020, during the final months of Trump’s presidency.

Taherzadeh frequently gave their targets the use of vehicles he claimed belonged to the government, and the two spent thousands of dollars purchasing handguns, rifles, and other stuff to masquerade as DHS employees.

Taherzadeh allegedly emailed agents photographs of himself wearing DHS bulletproof vests and a photo purporting to be from a training class but actually taken from a social media post. However, an investigation was initiated last month after a US Postal Service officer reacted to a report of a delivery worker being assaulted.

Residents in Washington informed the FBI inspector that Ali and Taherzadeh introduced themselves to them as DHS special agents and that they lived in several of the building’s apartments.

They also claimed that the two had installed video surveillance around the property, claiming to be “special police” investigators engaging in covert gang-related investigations and probes relating to the attack on the United States Capitol.

According to sources, four secret service officers have been placed on leave pending an investigation, and the two men implicated in the scheme will appear in court on Thursday, April 7 in Washington.

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