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Russian official under house arrest

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MOSCOW, Nov. 23 (UPI) -- A former top Russian defense administrator is under house arrest for alleged large-scale fraud, security officials said.

Yevgeniya Vasilyeva, former head of the Defense Ministry's property department, will be confined to his home for the next two months and she faces up to six years in prison if convicted. She is charged with stealing $11 million in property under her office's control, RIA Novosti said Friday.

The alleged fraud came to light during an investigation into Vasilyeva allowing the sale of government property below market value. Investigators came to her home and found antiques, jewelry and 3 million rubles ($96,000) cash belonging to Oboronservis, a subsidiary under the property management department's control.
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