On the morning of June 29th, Americans woke up to hear news of ten Russian spies being arrested. Even though this tidbit of news may shock everyone, what is even more shocking is that three of these alleged spies were living in New York. According to the New York Daily News, one of the spies, Anna Chapman, 28, lived in the Financial District and was the founder of an online real estate company worth $2 million. She had claimed to have a Master’s in Economics and was divorcee. Juan Lazario and Vicky Palaez lived in Yonkers, NY, only two miles away from Manhattan. NeJuan had claimed to be an Economics professor at a college in New Jersey, and Vicky claimed to be a columnist for New York’s Spanish-language newspaper, El Diario La Prensa and had two sons.
The FBI had been following these alleged spies for almost a decade before catching them. Nine of the eleven spies are scheduled to report back in court Thursday, July 1. In a surprising twist, one of the alleged spies has gone missing without a trace. Christopher Metsos provided the money for the 10 other spies. After the FBI placed a warrant for his arrest, he was seized in Cyprus. However, after posting posting €20,000 and CAD$9,000 (Canadian dollars) in bail, Mestos was allowed to walk free.
By Brianne Waite
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