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07/01/2010 08:09 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Cynthia Murphy, Accused Russian Spy, Scouted Classmates At Columbia

Alleged Russian spy Cynthia Murphy tried to recruit her Columbia classmates and professors to spy, reports reveal.

The New York Post has more:

The shocking charges against Murphy, 35 -- who received her master's of business administration from Columbia in May -- are laid out in the federal criminal complaint unsealed after she and her husband Richard were busted earlier this week, along with eight other US residents who allegedly worked for "Moscow Central."

According to the complaint, Russia's SVR spy agency last year sent electronic messages that were intercepted by US law enforcement. One of these messages directed Murphy "to strengthen . . . ties w/ classmates on daily basis incl. professors who can help in job search and who will have (or already have) access to secret info," the complaint says.

The report also states that Murphy was told to "dig up" personal information of her classmates interested in the CIA and that Murphy and her husband, Richard, transmitted names of Columbia professors and students to Moscow Central.

Murphy has also been accused of "getting close" to Columbia School of Business Trustee Alan Patricof.

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