DOJ says Mexican national charged for acting as Russian agent in the U.S.

DOJ says Mexican national charged for acting as Russian agent in the U.S.

CHRISTOPHER E ZIMMER / Shutterstock.com

The Justice Department said on Tuesday that a Mexican national has been arrested and charged with acting as a Russian agent within the United States. According to a DOJ news release, Hector Alejandro Cabrera Fuentes worked as an occupational researcher as he lived in Singapore. Last year, he was recruited by a Russian government official who directed him to rent an apartment in Miami-Dade County.

The court documents allege that Hector flew to Moscow earlier this month, where he had met with the Russian official. He was given a description of a vehicle used by a US government source. According to the court documents, Hector was told to find the vehicle and obtain the license plate number without taking any pictures. He was also given the task of reporting it back to Russia.

Investigators say that Hector, using a temporary business/tourism visa, traveled to Miami from Mexico City on February 13. The authorities say that a security guard had spotted him the next day where the US government source lived. It is also alleged that Fuentes’ companion was taking a picture of the license plate of the source’s vehicle.

According to court documents, on February 16, the US Customs and Border Protection stopped Fuentes and his companion are they arrived at Miami International Airport to leave the US. The DOJ said Fuentes reportedly “admitted to law enforcement officers that he was directed by a Russian government official to conduct this operation.”

According to the criminal complaint, Fuentes had indicated that the Russian official worked for Russia’s Federal Security Service. The FSS is Russia’s counterintelligence mission that directly reports to Vladimir Putin. The complaint also said that at one point in time last year the Russian official told Fuentes “we can help each other.”

Related Posts
Former Inmates being trained as Beekeepers
Bees are becoming a beacon of hope for former inmates as Chicago business is training
HACIA announces Jacqueline Gomez as its new executive director
The Hispanic American Construction Association (HACIA) says that Jacqueline Gomez, a seasoned leader and expert in
Early Voting Locations Available in Naperville From March 22 to April 5
Early voting locations will be available in Naperville for the April 6 General Municipal Election
US has first female, black, African-American vice-president
Kamala Harris was sworn in as the vice-president just before Joe Biden took the oath
Poet Amanda Gorman performs at presidential inauguration
Amanda Gorman, a 22-year-old poet, performed at the presidential inauguration on January 20. She has
Law enforcement arrests man holding Confederate flag during Capitol riot
Kevin Seefried was seen holding the Confederate flag during the Capitol Hill riot. His photos
Yellen calls Congress to act big regards pandemic relief during confirmation hearing
Janet Yellen, the former head of Federal Reserve, appeared at her confirmation hearing to be
Airbnb cancels reservations around Washington during inauguration week
The US authorities have urged people to stay away from the capital during the inauguration
Trump continues final crackdowns on Chinese firms
President Donald Trump has placed more bans and investment sanctions on the biggest Chinese companies
Trump becomes first US president to be impeached twice
President Donald Trump has been impeached for enticing deadly riots at the US Capitols on