Secret Service: White House crashers may face criminal charges

Posted Nov 27, 2009 by Kevin Jess
Michaele and Tareq Salahi have come to be known as America's most successful party crashers. They may have crashed one too many parties when they successfully whisked through the White House gates and attended a state dinner.
President Obama greeted uninvited pair Michaele and Tareq Salahi  right  at his first state dinner. ...
President Obama greeted uninvited pair Michaele and Tareq Salahi, right, at his first state dinner. The prime minister of India, Manmohan Singh, is standing next to President Obama.
Samantha Appleton / Photo released by the White House,
According to the Secret Service, criminal charges may be in order for the couple.
The Secret Service has not explained what happened at the security checkpoint when the couple arrived at the gala event Tuesday evening, held in honor of Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, but a spokesman for the Secret Service is reportedly saying they are moving closer to a criminal investigation.
Their presence went unnoticed until the couple posted pictures of themselves socializing at the White House function on their public FaceBook page.
Ms. Salahi says in her post, "I was honored to be invited to attend the First State Dinner hosted by President Obama & the First Lady to honor India. In June 2010, the America's Polo Cup will be between INDIA & the UNITED STATES. Please join me in this cultural celebration of politics, diplomacy, fashion, sports, entertainment & family fun."
Michaele Salahi, 44, a former Washington Redskins cheerleader, and her husband, Tareq Salahi, 41, who is co-founder of the Land Rover America’s Polo Cup and heir to a Virginia winery is being considered for the upcoming reality show “The Real Housewives of D.C.” on Bravo.
According to CBS News, Bravo Media said Michaele Salahi was being filmed around Washington, D.C. on the day of the state dinner.
No images were posted of the couple with the President or the First Lady.
In an interview with CBS News, Jim Mackin, a Secret Service spokesman said as they move closer to a criminal investigation the less the agency will have to say and they're not leaving any options off the table at this point.