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11 October 2021
by Michael Fabey Jonathan Toebbe, an engineer for the US Navy (USN) Naval Reactors, and his wife Diana, both of Annapolis, Maryland, were arrested on 9 October in Jefferson County, West Virginia, by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the US Naval Criminal Investigative Service, and charged in a criminal complaint alleging violations of the US Atomic Energy Act, the US Department of Justice confirmed on 10 October. 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 Justice Department said in a release.
According to the charging complaint: “Specifically, the US Navy subject matter expert determined that several of the documents contained militarily sensitive design elements, operating parameters, and performance characteristics of Virginia-class submarine reactors.”
“The complaint charges a plot to transmit information relating to the design of our nuclear submarines to a foreign nation,” said Attorney General Merrick Garland.
Toebbe worked with and had access to information concerning naval nuclear propulsion including information related to military-sensitive design elements, operating parameters, and performance characteristics of the reactors for nuclear-powered warships, the Justice Department said.