Taherzadeh, along with Haider Ali, 36, was arrested in April 2022 for operating a fraudulent business named United States Special Police LLC (USSP). According to the Justice Department, the USSP was falsely presented as a private law enforcement, investigative, and protective service based in D.C.
The Justice Department's recent release revealed, "The two men represented themselves to law enforcement as investigators and/or special agents and claimed that their unit was part of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The company was not associated in any way with the U.S. government or the District of Columbia and had never done business with the federal or D.C. governments."
Prosecutors have previously stated that Taherzadeh and Ali deceived actual Secret Service officers by offering them luxurious apartments and gifts. This was an attempt to "ingratiate" themselves and blend in with law enforcement agents, including an agent assigned to protect the first lady.
Court documents reveal that Taherzadeh provided Secret Service officers with rent-free apartments, including a penthouse valued at over $40,000 annually. He also offered iPhones, surveillance systems, a drone, a television, a generator, a gun case, and other policing tools. In one instance, Taherzadeh proposed to buy a $2,000 assault rifle for a Secret Service agent assigned to protect the first lady.
On August 1, 2022, Taherzadeh pleaded guilty to conspiracy, unlawful possession of a large-capacity ammunition feeding device, and voyeurism in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
U.S. District Court Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly ordered Taherzadeh to serve nearly three years in prison, followed by 36 months of supervised release, and pay $706,218 in restitution.
Ali pleaded guilty to conspiracy, bank fraud, and unlawful possession of a large-capacity ammunition feeding device on October 5, 2022. He was sentenced to 68 months in prison, followed by 36 months of supervised release, and ordered to pay restitution.
The Justice Department stated, "Throughout their tenancies at the three luxury apartment complexes, no rent was paid on the leased apartments or parking garage spaces. This resulted in a loss to the buildings of $698,363 and to the garage of $7,854."