Jonathan Toebbe, 42, a nuclear engineer at the Department of the Navy, and his wife, Diana, 45, was arrested by the FBI after they sold information to a person they believed was a representative for another nation, but was an undercover FBI agent. “The complaint charges a plot to transmit information relating to the design of our nuclear submarines to a foreign nation,” said Attorney General Merrick B. Garland. The country was identified only as “COUNTRY1” in court documents.Toebbe continued this correspondence for several months with the believed foreign representative and made an agreement to sell “restricted data” in exchange for thousands of dollars in cryptocurrency.
Authorities said they found a 16-gigabyte data card “wrapped in plastic and placed between two slices of bread on a half of a peanut butter sandwich. The half sandwich was housed inside of a plastic bag.” The Toebbes have been charged in a criminal complaint alleging violations of the Atomic Energy Act. They will have their initial appearances on Oct. 12, in federal court in Martinsburg, West Virginia. According to a biography provided by military officials, Toebbe had been awarded the Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal, the National Defense Service Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal before separating from the military on Dec. 19, 2020.