Texas Beautician Busted in Spy Probe

She's accused of smuggling high-tech scopes
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 28, 2010 1:38 AM CDT
Texas Beautician Busted in Spy Probe
Anna Fermanova, 24, was arrested on her return to the US and is being held under house arrest at her parents' Texas home.   (Facebook)

(Newser) – A beautician who splits her time between Russia and Texas has emerged as America's latest sexy spy since she was busted for trying to smuggle high-tech night vision scopes to Moscow, according to the FBI. Federal officials acting on a tip confiscated the scopes from Anna Fermanova, 24, at New York's JFK Airport earlier this year. She was arrested this month when trying to return to the US, and is being held under house arrest, the Telegraph reports.

Fermanova, a Latvian-born US citizen, has been charged with "knowingly and intentionally" trying to export the items without the necessary State Department approval, and faces up to 10 years in jail if convicted. Her lawyer calls the charges "silly," and says the scopes were for her husband, who planned to sell them to hunters. "She is quite sexy, you could say, but she is not a spy," he tells the Dallas Morning News. Fermanova was arrested just two weeks after femme fatale Anna Chapman was sent back to Russia after the feds busted up her spy ring.
(Read more Russian spies stories.)

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