Woman in court; case may be tied to Iranian death

By: MICHAEL GRACZYK Associated Press
By: MICHAEL GRACZYK Associated Press

HOUSTON (AP) - A woman facing federal fraud charges and whose Jordanian-born father is accused in the shooting death of an Iranian student and women's rights activist has told a federal judge she has no attorney and has made no attempt to contact one.

Thirty-year-old Nadia Irsan wore a green jail suit, black headscarf, handcuffs and chains at her ankles during a brief appearance Tuesday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Nancy Johnson.

Irsan, her 57-year-old father, Ali Irsan, and his wife were arrested last week at their home in Conroe on charges of conspiracy to defraud the U.S., theft of public money and benefits fraud.

Ali Irsan also has been indicted in Houston for the 2012 slaying of Gelareh Bagherzadeh. The 30-year-old was an outspoken critic of the Tehran government.

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