US couple arrested for selling nuclear warship information

October 10, 2021

1.5 min readCategories: News


USS Enterprise (CVAN-65) was the world’s first nuclear aircraft carrier. Decommissioned in 2013, it served for 51 years, longer than any other aircraft carrier. Photo: U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command).

A US couple has been arrested in the state of West Virginia for allegedly selling information on nuclear warships to what they believed was a foreign state, the Justice Department said Sunday.

Jonathan Toebbe, who worked as a nuclear engineer for the US Navy, and his wife Diana — both in their forties — were arrested by Federal Bureau of Investigation agents on Saturday and charged with violating the Atomic Energy Act in a criminal complaint, the Justice Department said in a statement.

For nearly a year, 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 statement said, adding that the recipient of the information was, in fact, an undercover FBI agent.

Jonathan Toebbe, who had access to restricted data on nuclear-powered warships through his work, collaborated with his wife to exchange data on submarine nuclear reactors for around $100,000 in cryptocurrency, the complaint affidavit alleges.

The affidavit says Toebbe in April 2020 mailed a package to a foreign government “containing a sample of restricted data and instructions for establishing a covert relationship,” according to the statement

The couple in following months transferred multiple SD cards of data to the agent, who was posing as a representative of the foreign government, including by hiding them in half a peanut butter sandwich and a chewing gum package left at agreed locations.

US Attorney General Merrick Garland praised the agencies involved for “thwarting the plot” and “taking this first step in bringing the perpetrators to justice,” the statement said.

download the starnews app

About the Author: Starnews NG

Leave A Comment

Atiku to Nigerians: Disregard fake press release attributed to me

WAEC cancels manual confirmation of results

PDP Ward Exco In Benue Suspends National Chairman, Ayu

UK govt slams Fani-Kayode over comments, reveals 10 people on visa ban watchlist

88 professors, other experts with PhDs participated in rigging 2023 general elections- Group

Many feared dead in Ondo road crash

BREAKING: Ex-CGS, Oladipo Diya dies at 79

EFCC storm Akure, arrests PoS operators over naira notes trading

Tornado kills 23 in Mississippi

FIFA Women’s World Cup trophy arrives in Nigeria

Recent Tweets