Ex-employee claims accused federal agent impersonator owes him nearly $300,000

As the case develops against two men accused of impersonating federal agents, a Virginia man who once worked for one of the suspects is watching closely.

As the case develops against two men accused of impersonating federal agents, a Virginia man who once worked for one of the suspects is watching closely.

Moses Kamai, of Bristow, hopes this case will help him and his lawyers raise more than $290,000, which a judge has ordered Arian Taherzadeh to pay him.

“He did not pay any payment. So it shows, I think, in my mind, a bit of his character,” Kamai told WTOP.

Taherzadeh was arrested last week, along with Haider Ali, and charged with impersonating a federal officer. Taherzadeh and Ali are also accused of giving expensive gifts – including free apartment stays – to real federal agents, including Secret Service agents.

Court proceedings revealed that the rents for some of these apartments were never paid by Taherzadeh or his current company, United States Special Police (USSP), under which the properties were rented.

Kamai said he worked for another company that belonged to Taherzadeh before establishing the USSP. It was called AET Holdings, which, according to the DC Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs website, had its license revoked.

Kamai served as a project director at AET Holdings, which he said was a business management and technology company, for three months, starting in December 2015 until he was laid off.

Meanwhile, Kamai said Taherzadeh failed to pay him and he also had to foot the bill for a business trip to Hawaii.

Because the company was a startup, Kamai said he understands his first paychecks don’t arrive on time, but his concern grew after the trip, during which he said he had to pay personally the plane ticket and even the hotel room. This is because Kamai said the corporate card Taherzadeh used to book the room was not forwarded.

Court documents from Kamai’s lawsuit against Taherzadeh indicate the same.

In 2016, Kamai filed a lawsuit against Taherzadeh in DC Superior Court and won. But Kamai said he had not received any payment. He hired a collection lawyer but attempts to recover the money were unsuccessful.

“He’s been a slippery eel trying to serve papers,” Kamai said.

When Taherzadeh could be served, collection attorney Thomas Mauro said he never appeared in court and they were never able to identify any assets that could be used to pay Kamai.

“I think we chased it for probably two years without success,” Mauro said.

After Kamai came to see him, Mauro said a second client, 23 I, INC, also hired him to help them with their collection attempts in Taherzadeh.

According to court documents in that case, they are seeking more than $60,000 in rent and damages from another of Taherzadeh’s companies, AET Solutions Inc. The apartment building in this case, 28 K St. SE at DC, was not the apartment complex Taherzadeh was staying at when he was arrested.

WTOP has contacted 23 I, INC for comment.

In court documents, the rental company said Taherzadeh claimed he made $70,000 a month running his business and could afford the nearly $6,000 rent for a penthouse apartment. But he never paid.

“Seems to me like he’s the guy who goes, you know, from one fraud to another, hoping that somehow he’s able to stay ahead of his creditors. “, said Mauro.

Kamai said Taherzadeh could be persuasive. He recalls a meeting with a potential client that Taherzadeh conducted that made Kamai think, “Wow, that’s a really good sales pitch.”

Mauro said Taherzadeh also seemed persuasive enough to convince rental offices he could cover the rent for luxury apartments.

“It’s amazing how easy it is for people who, you know, articulate and speak with confidence, to convince others that they should basically lend him money or give him things,” Mauro said.

Taherzadeh and Ali were released before trial, and they live with their fathers in Virginia.

The WTOP spoke with Taherzadeh’s father, Masoud Taherzadeh, but declined to comment on the case or connect a reporter with his son.

Both Taherzadeh and Ali were represented in court by public defenders.

Kamai said what surprised him about his former boss’s arrest was federal prosecutors’ claim that he was able to earn the trust of several federal agents.

“That’s a lot of people to do under the same story,” Kamai said.

Both Kamai and Mauro hope the criminal trial will give them access to new information about Taherzadeh that will help them recover the money they are owed.

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