Feds: Another alleged spy admits false identity
Another accused Russian spy from Yonkers admitted today that he has been lying about his identity, federal authorities say.
According to prosecutors, Michael Zottoli wasn't born in Yonkers, but is actually a Russian citizen by the name of Mikhail Kutzik. He remains behind bars in Arlington, Va.
Another suspected spy from Yonkers, Vicky Pelaez, was ordered released on bail last night. She is expected to return to her home on Clifton Avenue next week, where she will remain under house arrest. However, prosecutors may file an appeal to prevent Pelaez from being released.
Pelaez and her husband, a man known as Juan Lazaro, are accused of spying for the Russian government. Eight other people across the country have been arrested in connection to the plot.
Pelaez's son, Waldo Mariscal, says his family is reaching out to those who know his mother to help raise the $250,000 in bail money.
The bail hearing for Pelaez's husband was postponed. Prosecutors say he has admitted to working undercover for the Russian intelligence service and confessed that Juan Lazaro is not his real name.
For interviews with supporters of Vicky Pelaez, go to your digital cable box and select iO Extra on Ch. 612.
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