Texas man who acted as Russian agent gets 10 years' prison

AP News
Posted: Jul 21, 2016 3:48 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — A Texas man who acted as a secret agent for the Russian government and illegally exported cutting-edge military technology to Russia has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Alexander Fishenko learned his punishment Thursday in federal court in New York. He pleaded guilty in September to crimes including acting as a Russian agent.

His lawyer declined to comment.

The 50-year-old Fishenko is a U.S. and Russian citizen. He owned Houston-based Arc Electronics Inc.

Prosecutors say he led a scheme that evaded strict export controls for micro-electronics commonly used in missile guidance systems, detonation triggers and radar systems. Prosecutors say his company shipped about $50 million worth of technologies to Russia between 2002 and 2012.

Five other people have pleaded guilty. Another three were convicted. Three are at large.