Former Miss Russia jailed in US

December 14th, 2011 - 4:05 pm ICT by IANS  

New York, Dec 14 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Miss Russia 1998 and former Miss Universe semifinalist Anna Malova, charged in the US with forging drug prescriptions, will spend Christmas holidays in jail, the New York Post reported.

Malova, 39, was sent to jail in the US last week after getting thrown out of a drug rehab programme for inappropriate behaviour. One of the patients at the Bronx drug rehab facility accused Malova of slapping her and acquired an order of protection.

“This patient is still pursuing an order of protection, and as long as that is pending the programme can’t bring her back,” the daily quoted Malova’s lawyer Robert Gottlieb as saying.

Malova, 39, was arrested in February 2010 on charges of illegal drug possession, forgery and impersonating a physician. She is suspected of stealing prescription sheets from her doctors in order to get access to Vicodin and Klonopin.

Besides illegal possession of drugs she was also charged with forgery and impersonating a physician, charges she denied.

The US court included her in a 12-month drug addiction treatment programme, but the clinic expelled her for assault and battery.

Malova’s next court appearance is scheduled for Jan 3. The former Miss Russia faces seven years in prison and deportation from the US if found guilty.

–IANS/RIA Novosti

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