Feds: Yonkers man in Russian spy ring confessed

Prosecutors say a Yonkers man suspected in an alleged spy ring has confessed to federal agents that he worked for Russia's intelligence service.

Investigators say Juan Lazaro made a post-arrest statement in which he admitted that Juan Lazaro isn't his real name and that he passed letters to Russian intelligence. The suspect refused to divulge his true identity.

Lazaro and his wife, Vicky Pelaez, a columnist for El Diario, were taken into custody Sunday at their home on Clifton Avenue. They, along with eight others, are accused of spying for Russia.

Christopher Metsos, the man accused of burying money in a field in Sullivan County for other suspected spies, has disappeared after being released on bail in Cyprus two days ago.

Associated Press reports contributed to this article.

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