UPDATE: Julián Lazaro confessed his loyalty to Russia and admitted to he and his wife’s guilt in delivering messages to the KGB. While admitting his loyalty to Russia he refused to give his true name and identity but did admit to having the Russians pay for his home. Lazaro’s wife, journalist Vicky Peláez, has not made a court appearance.
The FBI in New York arrested a columnist for the Hispanic Newspaper El Diario/La Prensa, Vicky Peláez ,55 and her husband Julián Lázaro, along with eight others last Sunday.
The Office of the Public Prosecutor in Manhattan has charged them with conspiring to act as agents of the Russian Federation and of money laundering. Peláez is accused of working on behalf of the Russian government to spy on Americans.
The FBI Investigation alleges that Peláez and her husband traveled to South America several times. While there, they transmitted “hidden messages” to the Russian Government and “received money” in exchange for the information.
Recently Peláez wrote comments against the US government and supported the idea of using a nuclear bomb to stop the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
The couple’s oldest son Waldo Mariscal, 38, an architect, insisted the government is persecuting his parents for their political views. The allegations are “all inflated little pieces turned into a mosaic of unbelievable things,” he said. “It’s preposterous.”