One of the men who allegedly posed as a Homeland Security agent and infiltrated the Secret Service has more than $1 million in debt but portrayed himself as a wealthy playboy who wore flashy watches, drove luxury cars and could afford sponsorships and VIP seats at Washington professional sports games.
Arian Taherzadeh, 40, who was indicted with Haider Ali, 35, for impersonating federal officers and unlawful possession of a large capacity ammunition feeding device, led the life of a rich man but allegedly never actually paid his bills.
In the years leading up to his arrest on April 6, Taherzadeh and his now-defunct companies left behind over $1 million in debt owed to car dealership financing arms, sports companies, financial institutions, former employees, driver’s license producer online county governments, apartment and office complexes, and a D.J. company, a review of court records and other documents show.
In at least 12 cases, Taherzadeh did not show up to court, leading judges to issue default judgments against him to repay his outstanding debt.
Taherzadeh and Ali’s arrest by the FBI led the Secret Service to place four agents on leave for allegedly accepting gifts from them, news that stunned Washington and briefly raised worries of possible national security threats.
Arian Taherzadeh, 40, (pictured at his father’s home in Sterling, Virginia, is one of the men charged with impersonating Homeland Security agents to infiltrate their inner circle. Court records say he led a life of luxury without ever paying his bills
Taherzadeh (right) spent a year-and-a-half cozying up to people working for the government – including at least four Secret Service agents who were placed on leave following the arrest of Taherzadeh and his alleged accomplice, Haider Ali. Pictured, Taherzadeh bonding with residents at the pool in the Crossing DC apartment complex
Taherzadeh portrayed himself as a rich playboy who bought luxury cars, apartments, watches and VIP seats to sporting events. Prosecutors said he had suites at Crossing DC (pictured), which were valued at a minimum of $40,000 per year but were never paid for
Records show Taherzadeh had purchased a two-year lease for a six-seat luxury at the Capital One Arena (pictured) in Washington D.C. for more than $400,000
Taherzadeh (right) and Ali, (left) were indicted on Tuesday for impersonating federal officers and unlawful possession of a large capacity ammunition feeding device