The U.S. couple have been arrested in West Virginia for selling information about nuclear warships they believed to be an out-of-state state, the Justice Department said Sunday.
Jonathan Tobey, a nuclear engineer in the U.S. Navy, and his wife Diana – in their twenties – were arrested Saturday by federal intelligence agencies and charged with violating nuclear law on a criminal complaint. The judiciary said in a statement.
For nearly a year, the couple allegedly “sold information related to the design of nuclear-powered warships to a person believed to be a representative of a foreign power,” the recipient of the information was, in fact, a secret FBI agent.
The complaint alleges that Jonathan Tobe, who accessed restricted data on nuclear-powered warships through his work, and his wife exchanged data on submarine nuclear reactors in cryptocurrency for about $ 100,000.
In the affidavit, Tobbe sent a package to a foreign government in April 2020 that contained “a sample of the banned data and instructions for establishing a confidential relationship,” the statement said.
Over the next few months the pair transferred several SD cards to the agent, who pretended to be a representative of the foreign government, hiding them in a half-peanut butter sandwich and the rest of the chewing gum package in the agreed locations.
U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland praised the companies involved for “thwarting the conspiracy” and “took this first step to bring the perpetrators to justice,” the statement said.
The couple is due to appear in federal court in West Virginia on Oct. 12.
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