LIMA, Peru – A Peruvian journalist deported by the US to Russia in a spy swap was accused on Friday of falsifying documents in Peru, and a prosecutor said she will be questioned by police if she returns.
Anti-corruption prosecutor Jorge Luis Caldas said his office filed a complaint against Vicky Pelaez for allegedly altering her birth and marriage records. He said if she comes back to this South American country, she could be detained if authorities find evidence of a crime.
Pelaez, 55, a longtime columnist for the newspaper El Diario La Prensa in New York, was deported to Russia in July along with her 65-year-old husband, Mikhail Vasenkov, who US authorities said had long used the false name Juan Lazaro.
Peru's foreign minister previously warned that Vasenkov could be charged with lying on his Peruvian citizenship application if he returns to Peru, where the couple lived before moving to the United States.