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Russian spies arrested in Montclair, N.J.

essexcounty062910_optBY TERI GATTO
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Think you know your neighbors? Think again! The FBI arrested 10 people on Monday for allegedly spying for Russia. Among those arrested were Montclair residents known as "Richard and Cynthia Murphy" who lived with their two children on 31 Marquette Road, a quiet street near Montclair State University.

A Justice Department press release states that eight of the individuals were arrested on Sunday "for allegedly carrying out long-term, ‘deep-cover' assignments in the United States on behalf of the Russian Federation."

The "Murphys" were arrested by FBI agents at their residence in Montclair. Vicky Pelaez and a defendant known as "Juan Lazaro" were arrested Monday at their residence in Yonkers, N.Y. Anna Chapman was arrested in Manhattan.

The defendants known as "Michael Zottoli" and "Patricia Mills" were arrested Monday at their residence in Arlington, Va. Another Arlington resident, the defendant known as "Mikhail Semenko" was also arrested at his residence.

Two additional individuals, "Donald Howard Heathfield" and "Tracey Lee Ann Foley" were arrested at their residence in Boston on Monday for allegedly participating in the same espionage program.

An 11th defendant, "Christopher R. Metsos" was arrested in Cyprus. He is accused of allegedly supplying money to the other defendants.

All those arrested were scheduled to appear in court on Monday.

According to the Justice Department, this case is the result of a multi-year investigation conducted by the FBI; the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York; and the Counterespionage Section and the Office of Intelligence within the Justice Department's National Security Division.

 

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