A US couple has been arrested within the state of West Virginia for allegedly promoting info on nuclear warships to what they believed was a international state, the Justice Department mentioned Sunday.
Jonathan Toebbe, who labored as a nuclear engineer for the US Navy, and his spouse Diana — each of their forties — have been arrested by Federal Bureau of Investigation brokers on Saturday and charged with violating the Atomic Energy Act in a prison grievance, the Justice Department mentioned in a press release.
For practically a 12 months, the couple “sold information known as restricted data concerning the design of nuclear powered warships to a person they believed was a representative of a foreign power,” the assertion mentioned, including that the recipient of the data was, in reality, an undercover FBI agent.
Jonathan Toebbe, who had entry to restricted information on nuclear-powered warships by his work, collaborated along with his spouse to alternate information on submarine nuclear reactors for round $100,000 in cryptocurrency, the grievance affidavit alleges.
The affidavit says Toebbe in April 2020 mailed a bundle to a international authorities “containing a sample of restricted data and instructions for establishing a covert relationship,” in keeping with the assertion.
The couple in following months transferred a number of SD playing cards of knowledge to the agent, who was posing as a consultant of the international authorities, together with by hiding them in half a peanut butter sandwich and a chewing gum bundle left at agreed places.
US Attorney General Merrick Garland praised the companies concerned for “thwarting the plot” and “taking this first step in bringing the perpetrators to justice,” the assertion mentioned.
The couple is because of seem in West Virginia federal courtroom on October 12.
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