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Feds: Owner tried to hide complex Russian scheme

HOUSTON (AP) — The owner of a Texas microelectronics company instructed co-workers and associates to cover their tracks as they conspired to sell highly regulated microelectronics to the Russian military, authorities alleged Wednesday in a federal court hearing. Alexander Fishenko and three others appeared in a Houston courtroom for hearings on whether they should be granted bail before trial. Prosecutors argued Fishenko, a naturalized American citizen who was born in Kazakhstan, is a flight risk. Fishenko's attorney, Eric Reed, said his client wouldn't flee because he has a 7-year-old son living in the area.

Madoff fraud’s last days recounted in NYC document

NEW YORK (AP) — In December 2008, two of Bernard Madoff's most loyal employees met on a Manhattan street corner and fretted over a closely held secret that the rest of the world would learn about eight days later: that their boss was a con man for the ages. Frank DiPascali told JoAnn Crupi that Madoff had just confided that his investment firm was out of money and that client accounts — worth billions on paper — actually had no more value than Monopoly money, authorities say.

FBI: Workers hid scheme to sell Russia electronics

HOUSTON (AP) — An FBI agent testified Friday that employees at a Houston company were coached to hide information about the cutting-edge microelectronics the firm was buying from U.S. manufacturers and later illegally reselling to Russian military and intelligence agencies. U.S. authorities have arrested Alexander Fishenko, owner of Arc Electronics Inc., and seven of his employees, including Alexander Posobilov, who was the company's director of procurement. They are accused of being involved in a scheme to illicitly sell military technology to Russia, starting in 2008.

Man accused of being Russia agent didn’t mingle

HOUSTON (AP) — In his suburban Houston neighborhood, at least, Alexander Fishenko kept a low profile, living well but never mingling with others on his block. All the while, U.S. authorities say, the immigrant from Kazakhstan was leading a plot to funnel cutting-edge military technology to Russia. For the last four years, Fishenko lived with his family in a two-story, four-bedroom home, a stranger to his neighbors, unknown to leaders in Houston's Russian community of more than 100,000 residents.

Man accused of being Russia agent kept low profile

HOUSTON (AP) — An immigrant from Kazakhstan who U.S. authorities say is at the center of a scheme that illicitly funneled cutting-edge microelectronics to Russia apparently tried to keep a low profile. Alexande Fishenko's neighbors say he didn't mingle with others on his block. Leaders in Houston's Russian community say they had never heard of him before his arrest.

Man accused of being Russia agent appears in court

HOUSTON (AP) — A naturalized U.S. citizen accused of illicitly obtaining military cutting-edge microelectronics for Russia formally heard the charges against him Thursday in a case reminiscent of the Cold War era. Alexander Fishenko and six others made their initial appearance Thursday in Houston federal court. They did not enter pleas. An eighth defendant appeared in court Wednesday.

Man accused of being Russian agent set for court

HOUSTON (AP) — A naturalized U.S. citizen accused of illicitly obtaining military technology for Russia has been formally briefed on the charges against him in an initial court appearance. Alexander Fishenko and six others had an initial appearance in court Thursday. They did not enter pleas. Hearings to determine whether they will be allowed out of jail before trial are expected to start Friday.

US: Immigrant stole military technology for Russia

NEW YORK (AP) — An American success story of an immigrant from Kazakhstan who made millions off his Texas export firm took a Cold War-era turn on Wednesday when U.S. authorities accused him of being a secret agent who's been stealing military technology for the Russian military. Alexander Fishenko was among 11 defendants named in a federal indictment filed in Brooklyn charging them with conspiring to purposely evade strict export controls for cutting-edge microelectronics. It also charges Fishenko with money laundering and operating inside the United States as an unregistered agent of the Russian government.

NY charges in US-Russia military electronics case

NEW YORK (AP) — A Kazakhstan-born owner of a Texas export firm was charged in New York on Wednesday with being a secret Russian agent involved in a multimillion-dollar scheme to, in the words a U.S. prosecutor, "steal American technology" for Russian military and intelligence agencies. Alexander Fishenko was among 11 defendants, including seven of his employees, named in an indictment unsealed in federal court in Brooklyn.

Ex-Iowa egg farm manager pleads guilty to bribery

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A manager at the Iowa egg farms linked to the nationwide salmonella outbreak in 2010 pleaded guilty Wednesday for his role in a conspiracy to bribe a federal inspector to allow the sale of unapproved eggs. Former DeCoster Farms manager Tony Wasmund acknowledged he conspired with at least one other person to bribe a public official in order to sell restricted eggs and misbranded food during a plea hearing in Sioux City, federal prosecutors said.

40 indicted in drug ring run from Indiana prisons

INDIANAPOLIS — Two inmates housed at different Indiana prisons used cellphones smuggled in by guards to run a drug ring that distributed methamphetamine and heroin, according to a federal indictment that charges 40 people in connection with the scheme.