Jonathan Toebbe, 42, and his wife, Diana Toebbe, 45, were arrested after selling classified information to an FBI agent who pretended to be an undercover foreign agent for more than a year in West Virginia, the US Department of Justice said in a statement.
The statement included information that Toebbe and his wife were accused of “transmitting information about the design of nuclear submarines to a foreign country.”
Jonathan Toebbe, who has active national security access, said in court documents that were unsealed on Sunday.In April 2020, he sent a package to a foreign government with a limited sample of information and an offer to provide more, and then began communicating in encrypted form. expressed.
Agree to sell confidential data in exchange for cryptocurrency
In the documents, it was claimed that Toebbe, who e-mailed the FBI agent as a foreign agent, continued this correspondence for months and accepted the agreement to sell confidential data in exchange for thousands of dollars in crypto money.
The documents said the FBI agent sent $10,000 in crypto as a “goodwill” payment to Jonathan Toebbe on June 8, 2021, and two weeks later, when Toebbe went to West Virginia and his wife was scouting, a memory card was placed in an empty structure. was reported to have left.
It was later shared that after a $20,000 payment, Toebbe gave the FBI agent a password to unlock the disc.
Toebbe was arrested on October 9, when he attempted to drop another package in West Virginia.