On the downtown New York club scene where she was a regular, friends of accused Russian spy Anna Chapman say they thought she was either a billionaire or hooker and describe an overly flirtatious femme fatale who frequented the most exclusive bars and restaurants dressed in platform heels, designer duds and looks to kill.
The 28-year-old redhead bombshell who stands charged with covertly communicating with Russian intelligence in the largest spy ring bust in the U.S. since the fall of communism bragged to acquaintances about her career in finance and real estate, they told ABC News.
"I had heard that she was a multi-millionaire or even a billionaire," a Ford model who met Chapman on numerous occasions at New York's hottest clubs like Juliet and Greenhouse said. "The rumors were she came from tremendous wealth."
Her Facebook profile shows pictures of Chapman around New York City, including one titled "clubbing" at the trendy Thompson Hotel. She is accused of passing information every Wednesday to Russian agents from locations such as coffee shops and book stores across the city.
Chapman was a Facebook friend of well-known economist and NYU Stern Business School professor Nouriel Roubini. Roubini, dubbed "Dr. Doom," has been credited with predicting the global economic meltdown and is well-known on the New York club circuit.
Chapman and Roubini were Facebook friends until this morning, when the former Director of the Office of Policy Development and Review at the U.S. Treasury Department removed her from his friend's list.
Roubini, who is also the former senior economist for international affairs with the White House Council of Economic Advisors, told ABC News that Chapman had "befriended" him on Facebook.
"I may have met her socially on one or two occasions in a large party (not at my place) and never had a one to one conversation or meeting with her," Roubini said. He added that he has no association with Chapman nor would ever want to have one.
According to the criminal complaint revealed in court yesterday, some of the accused Russian spies arrested this week were directed by Russian intelligence to gain information from U.S. foreign policy officials to "try and outline their views and most important Obama's goals which he expects to achieve during summit in July and how does this team plan to do it."
The FBI said some of the people the accused spies met with include a former legislative counsel for U.S. Congress, a former high ranking U.S. government national security official, a person working on bunker busting nuclear warheads, and a New York financier who is prominent in politics and a major fundraiser for an un-named political party.
Chapman was always "very, very well dressed. The best dressed, the most elegant in the group," the model told ABC News.
And like her beauty, her behavior towards men, did not go unnoticed.
"She was acting kind of scandalous," said a woman who met Chapman at a club in May. "She was playing around, it was a joke, unbuttoning a guy's shirt. Not vulgar, but very flirtatious. Even a little bit inappropriate."
The Ford model described Chapman as "sweet" but "always quite flirtatious" and said she appeared to be dating an older gentleman when he last saw her at the Juliet club in Manhattan's trendy Meatpacking district last month.