A WOMAN at the centre of a transatlantic probe into spy allegations previously worked in Britain.
Anna Chapman was one of 10 people arrested in the US by the FBI for allegedly serving for years as secret agents of Russia’s intelligence service.
According to reports Chapman lived in Britain for around four years from 2003 and yesterday private plane hire firm NetJets Europe said she had been employed at its London office for a short period.
A company spokesman said: “We can confirm that Ms Chapman was employed by NetJets Europe from May to July 2004, as an executive assistant in the sales department.”
According to her profile on the networking website Linked In, Chapman worked in London from September 2003 and also worked in the investment banking division at Barclays Bank and at Navigator hedge fund.
Barclays initially said the bank had no record of an Anna Chapman working in its investment division at the time she claims to have been there in 2004 and 2005.
But later, after a more extensive search by the bank, a spokesman confirmed an Anna Chapman did work in its small business banking division between 2004 and 2005.
Nobody was answering the phone at Navigator Asset Management Advisors yesterday.
Chapman’s profile says she has run her own company, internet estate agency Property Finder Ltd, since October 2006 and is now based in New York.
She claims to speak Russian, English, German and French and has a masters degree in economics from a Russian university.
It also says that she studied financial planning at the Britain-based BPP International Educational Centre.
A centre spokeswoman said yesterday she was unable to confirm whether Chapman had studied there.
According to reports in US newspapers Chapman married a British citizen but had since divorced.
Chapman’s Facebook page includes several glamorous photographs and a black and white photo showing her wearing what appears to be the uniform of the Young Pioneer organisation, the former Soviet Union’s equivalent of the Scouts.
Chapman was an active user of Facebook prior to her arrest.
Her motto listed on her personal page reads: “If you can imagine it, you can achieve it; if you can dream it, you can become it.”
Her Facebook account reveals a stream of fairly mundane messages sent between her and her mainly Russian friends.
But on January 20 this year she posted two cryptic messages.
The first reads: “When you speak the truth, you don’t have to remember it.”
A message sent earlier that day states: “Pain is only weakness leaving the body.”
Her Linked In page states she worked for Barclays as a “slave” between August 2004 and July 2005.
Chapman has claimed she worked at London-based Navigator Asset Management Advisors between July 2005 and July 2007.
She listed her responsibilities as managing marketing programmes and capital market research.
A company spokeswoman said yesterday they were not in a position to confirm or deny that Chapman had ever worked for them.
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