NEW YORK (AP) - A lawyer for one of 11 people accused of spying
for Russia says their case could be resolved as early as Thursday.
A fugitive and 10 people whose U.S. arrests were announced by
federal authorities a week ago were formally charged in a federal
indictment unsealed Wednesday. The indictment charges all of them
with conspiring to act as secret agents and charges nine of them
with conspiracy to commit money laundering.
Attorney Robert Baum represents defendant Anna Chapman, branded
a femme fatale in tabloid newspaper stories. He says the case might
be settled when she and the other nine people arrested in the
United States appear for arraignment on the indictment, raising the
possibility of guilty pleas to the lowest charges and deportation
from the country.
Chapman and the other arrested defendants are scheduled to be
arraigned Thursday afternoon.
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