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The couple were arrested for posing as federal agents and giving generous bribes to the Secret Service

Two men were arrested in Washington DC on Wednesday for pretending to be federal agents who gave generous handouts to Secret Service agents in order to gain access to them.

Arian Taherzadeh, 40, and Haider Ali, 36, posed as members of a fake Department of Homeland Security task force investigating violence related to the January 6, 2021 riots at the US Capitol, the FBI said.

The suspects are said to have devised the ruse to ingratiate themselves with Secret Service agents, who provided them with rent-free luxury apartments, high-end electronics and police gear.

One of the scammed agents worked on First Lady Jill Biden’s security detail and received a $2,000 Taherzadeh assault rifle, according to prosecutors.

In another case, the suspects reportedly provided an agent with a penthouse rented for more than $40,000 a year.

Four Secret Service employees have been furloughed in connection with the investigation, officials said.

The scam was exposed when postal inspectors began investigating an attack on a postman at the suspects’ apartment building, and Taherzadeh and Ali identified themselves as members of a nonexistent federal entity.

First Lady Jill Biden speaks during a commissioning ceremony for the USS Delaware, a Virginia-class fast attack submarine.
One of the scammed Secret Service agents reportedly worked on First Lady Jill Biden’s security services and received a $2,000 assault rifle from Taherzadeh.
AP//Carolyn Kaster

The suspected fake feds had also monitored the building and told other residents they could access their cellphones and personal information, investigators said.

They were arrested Wednesday night when more than a dozen FBI agents searched the luxury building in southeast Washington.

With AP wires

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