Paul Gordon Collier- Alexander Fishenko, 49, who resides in Texas but holds dual citizenship in the United States and Russia, admitted to selling military secrets to Russia. He did so in a Federal court in New York. According to Fishenko, he was employed as a secret agent by the Russian government.
Fishenko claimed to be the leader of a 10 year operation designed to send American military technology to Russia. He did so using his Houston-based company, Arc Electronics, Inc.
“Fishenko lined his pockets at the expense of our national security,” said acting U.S. Attorney Kelly Currie.
Through his company, Fishenko pled guilty to having smuggled microelectronics to Russia. He was arrested back in 2012, but fought the charges for three years before finally admitting to it in a New York District Court Room. The microelectronics were used in radar and surveillance systems, as well as detonation triggers and even missile guidance systems.
Arc was billed as a traffic lighter maker. It disguised the actual microelectronics so it could ship them over to Russia. In addition to Fishenko, 10 other members of Arc were also arrested. Fishenko was set to go to trial soon, and may have pled guilty to avoid the trial. Fishenko could face 20 years for each violations of the US International Emergency Economic Powers Act.
US attorney Kelly Currie said. “This prosecution highlights the importance of vigorously enforcing United States export control laws.”