The Justice Department said Sunday that an American couple has been arrested in the state of West Virginia for selling information about nuclear warships they believed to be a foreign state.
Jonathan Tobe, who worked as a nuclear engineer for the US Navy, and his wife Diana – both in their forties – were arrested Saturday by federal investigative agents and charged with violating the Atomic Energy Act in a criminal complaint. charged off. The Justice Department said in a statement.
For nearly a year, the couple sold “information known as restricted data relating to the design of nuclear-powered warships to a person they believed was representative of a foreign power,” the statement said. , an undercover FBI agent.
The complaint affidavit alleges that Jonathan Tobe, who had access to restricted data on nuclear-powered warships through his work, exchanged data on submarine nuclear reactors with his wife for nearly $100,000 in cryptocurrency. dollars contributed.
The affidavit said that in April 2020 Tobe sent a package to a foreign government containing “a sample of restricted data and instructions to establish a secret relationship,” according to the statement.
In the months that followed, the couple transferred several SD cards of data to the agent, posing as a representative of the foreign government, hiding them in half a peanut butter sandwich and a chewing gum package and left at agreed places. Was.
The statement said US Attorney General Merrick Garland praised the agencies involved for “failing the plot” and “taking this first step to bring the perpetrators to justice”.
The couple is due to appear in West Virginia federal court on October 12.
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