U.S. air hostess held at Sheremetyevo on suspicion of customs fees evasion

 An air hostess from the United States has been held on suspicion on failing to pay several million rubles in customs fees for jewelry brought from New York.

"A criminal case has been opened against 50-year-old U.S. citizen Suzanne Dicker. She is suspected of individual customs fees evasion, committed on a massive scale (the Russian Criminal Code Article 194)," Tatyana Morozova,spokeswoman for the Moscow Inter-Regional Investigative Directorate for Transport (MMSUT) of the Russian Investigative Committee, told Interfax on Monday.

Dicker has been arrested, and a decision is now due to be made whether she should be remanded in custody, she said.

According to the inquiry, upon arrival from New York at Sheremetyevo Airport, the air hostess from a well-known airline company proceeded through the "green corridor" where she was stopped by a customs inspector.

"The customs body search of the woman led to the discovery of jewels and expensive watches worth over eight million rubles. Thus, Dicker has evaded payment of customs fees to the tune of over three and a half million rubles," Morozova said.

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