Russian vodka heiress involved in heist plotSave
A Smirnoff vodka heiress has appeared in court accused of planning to steal from her tycoon ex-husband.
Model and reality TV star Marinika Smirnova, 34, is accused of conspiring with Robin Murray, 28, to steal valuables worth £2,000 (NZ$3757) from Sergi Windsor's home in Chelsea, London, the Daily Mail reports.
The blonde, who has won the Mrs Russia beauty contest in 2008, has been photographed with stars such as Johnny Depp and Irish actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers.
Murray is alleged to have gone to Smirnova's ex-husband's home last May with documents proclaiming he was a court bailiff, reports The Sun.
He is then said to have taken two Apple Macs, a TV, a watch, printer, and audio recorder.
The paper reported that Prosecutor Henry Fitch told Hammersmith Magistrates' Court that Miss Smirnova obtained "a court judgement against her ex-husband, requiring him to pay her money."
Murray then went to the Chelsea home with an accomplice and "took a number of items".
Smirnova is a descendant of Pierre Smirnoff, who started the Smirnoff vodka brand in Moscow in 1818, and her mother is gymnastics champion Elena Kolesnikova.
She starred in the TV reality show Meet the Russians, which was about rich expats living in the UK.
Smirnova, of Kensington, and Murray, of Warlingham, Surrey, were released on bail and will enter pleas to the fraud charges at Isleworth Crown Court next month.