A Moscow region court fined a U.S. flight attendant 220,000 rubles ($7,000) on Wednesday for attempting to pass through customs at Sheremetyevo Airport with more than 8 million rubles ($250,000) in undeclared jewelry.
Suzanne Dicker, 50, a flight attendant with Delta Air Lines, was found guilty of large-scale tax evasion, prosecutors said in a statement. The maximum punishment she faced was a 500,000 ruble fine or five years in prison.
In March, Dicker tried to pass through customs without declaring 15 pieces of jewelry and two brand-name watches upon arrival from New York, the statement said. Dicker was stopped by a border guard as she walked through the green channel, which is for travelers who have no goods to declare.
Customs officials searched her person and uncovered the jewelry, which had been placed in plastic bags and attached to her coat lining, investigators said. Dicker pleaded no contest.
According to prosecutors, Dicker should have paid at least 3.5 million rubles in taxes for the goods.
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