Share “Feds: Owner tried to hide complex Russian...”

Feds: Owner tried to hide complex Russian scheme

Associated Press Modified: October 10, 2012 at 7:16 pm •  Published: October 10, 2012

FBI special agent Crosby Houpt testified Wednesday that Fishenko knew the microelectronics were eventually going to the Russian military and took pains to hide that knowledge with phone conversations and emails.

Fishenko allegedly coached the companies in Russia that were working with his firm to remove all references to a known supplier to the Russian military.

Houpt also said a letter from the manufacturer Toshiba said the company didn't know its products were being shipped overseas by Arc Electronics. In the letter, Toshiba said it planned to file a voluntary report with the U.S. Department of Commerce — which made Fishenko and others nervous, Houpt said.

According to court documents, Fishenko was born in the former Soviet Republic of Kazakhstan and graduated from a technical institute in St. Petersburg before coming to America in 1994. In his initial asylum application, Fishenko stated he had no prior military experience, but elsewhere he claimed to have served in a Soviet military intelligence unit in Berlin in the 1980s, according to court records.

Fishenko filed paperwork with the Texas Secretary of State to form a for-profit corporation with his Houston business, Arc Electronics, in 2001. His company proved to be successful, earning him about $50 million in gross revenue since 2002.