Couple sold nuclear warship data hidden in peanut butter sandwich, bubble gum pack

The former Navy Nuclear engineer and his wife used a bubble gum package and peanut butter sandwich to hide SD card with sensitive data and sell it to undercover FBI agents.

According to a press release from the US Department of Justice (DoJ), the FBI and the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) collaborated to arrest a Navy nuclear engineer named Jonathan Toebbe, 42, and his wife Diana Toebbe, 45, from Annapolis, Maryland, for their alleged involvement in selling military secrets to a foreign government.

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Reportedly, the couple tried to sell confidential information on US submarine nuclear reactors. The duo was arrested from Jefferson County, West Virginia, on October 9, 2021, and will be presented before a federal court in Martinsburg, West Virginia, on October 12.

About the Charges

As per the details shared by the DoJ, the Toebbes are the prime suspects in a scheme to sell sensitive data about the design of American nuclear-powered submarines to a representative of a foreign government.

However, that representative was actually an undercover FBI agent. Consequently, a criminal complaint was lodged against the couple in which they were charged for espionage,

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