A naval nuclear engineer American and his wife were sentenced to lengthy prison terms on Wednesday for conspiring to sell submarine secrets to a foreign country.
jonathan toebbe44, and his wife, Diana Toebbe46, pleaded guilty in February to conspiracy to sell information related to naval nuclear propulsion systems.
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jonathan toebbe He was sentenced to 19 years and three months in prison while his wife received a sentence of 21 years and eight months, the Justice Department reported.
According to court documents, Diana Toebbe acted as a lookout while her husband provided highly classified information on underwater nuclear technology to a foreign buyer in a series of “secret deliveries” around his residence in Annapolis, Maryland.
The foreign buyer was not identified, but The New York Times, citing people familiar with the investigation, said he was from Brazil.
Diana Toebbe, a private school teacher, initially pleaded not guilty to the charge of conspiracy to communicate restricted data.
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However, she changed her statement after her husband pleaded guilty and thereby admitted that his wife was part of the plot.
jonathan toebbe He was working as a nuclear engineer for the US Navy in charge of submarine nuclear systems when the couple’s arrest occurred on October 9, 2021.
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