NEW YORK, N.Y. – A Texas man who prosecutors say was a secret agent who stole technology for the Russian military has pleaded guilty to federal charges in New York.
The U.S. Attorney’s office says Alexander Fishenko pleaded guilty Wednesday to charges, including acting as an agent of the Russian government in the United States.
Prosecutors say the 49-year-old led a conspiracy to obtain microelectronics and export the goods to Russia. The devices are commonly used in missile guidance systems, detonation triggers and radar systems.
Prosecutors say federal agents intercepted transmissions from Russia’s Federal Security Service that said it obtained the microchips from Fishenko’s company.
Fishenko’s attorney didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
Four others charged in the case have been convicted. Another six defendants have pleaded not guilty.