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A couple are sentenced for espionage in Martinsburg

A press release from the Department of Justice announced the sentencing of a couple charged with espionage in Martinsburg.

Jonathan and Diana Toebbe of Annapolis Maryland were sentenced Nov. 9 for attempting to communicate Restricted Data related to the design of nuclear-powered warships.

The couple believed they were communicating with a foreign government.

The couple pleaded guilty to the charge of conspiracy in Martinsburg in August of this year.

The 44-year-old Jonathan was sentenced to 232 months of incarceration while his 46-year-old wife Diana was sentenced to 262 months or over 19 and 21 years respectively.

According to court documents at the time of his arrest Jonathan was an employee of the Department of the Navy.

Jonathan was serving as a nuclear engineer with security clearance and access to restricted data.

Jonathan sent a package containing restricted data to the person he believed to be a foreign government with instructions to begin a covert relationship.

The relationship was in hopes of Jonathan offering restricted data in exchange for money.

The person Jonathan was corresponding with was an FBI agent who continued the correspondence for several months.

The correspondence included the transfer of several thousand dollars in cryptocurrency.

Jonathan and his wife were arrested after a drop of restricted data in Martinsburg West Virginia on October 9, 2021.

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