HOUSTON (AP) — A federal judge denied bail Thursday to the owner of a Texas microelectronics company accused of conspiring to sell advanced technology to the Russian military.
U.S. Magistrate George Hanks Jr. in Houston ordered Alexander Fishenko and two other defendants to federal custody in Brooklyn, N.Y., where they face numerous charges.
Fishenko likely would appeal the detention order there, said his attorney, Eric Reed.
Fishenko, owner of Houston-based Arc Electronics Inc., and seven of his employees were arrested last week. Prosecutors say Fishenko instructed co-workers and associates to cover their tracks as they conspired to sell the highly regulated microelectronics.
Prosecutors arguing against bail said Thursday that the Kazakh-born naturalized American citizen was a flight risk. Reed argued his client wouldn't flee because he has a 7-year-old son in the Houston area.
Two female defendants ordered to Brooklyn are Viktoria Klebanova and Sevinj Taghiyeva. Another man arrested in Houston, Shavkat Abdullaev, waived the bail request.
All are accused of scheming to illicitly sell military technology to Russia, starting in 2008.
In a case with echoes of the Cold War, U.S. authorities say Fishenko's company obtained highly regulated technology and clandestinely exported it to Russia for use by that country's military and intelligence agencies. The microelectronics could have a wide range of military uses, including radar and surveillance systems, weapons guidance systems and detonation triggers, U.S. authorities say.