A former Navy nuclear engineer pleaded guilty Monday to conspiring to sell closely guarded American secrets about submarine technology to another country.
Jonathan Toebbe, 43, was accused of trying to pass information about designs for nuclear-powered submarines to an undercover FBI agent posing as a representative of a foreign government. Toebbe, who prosecutors say hid memory cards containing the sensitive information inside peanut butter sandwiches and other items, was arrested in October.
At a hearing in West Virginia, Toebbe pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to communicate restricted data.
The agreement calls for a possible sentence of 12 ½ to 17 ½ years in prison. The Maryland man was facing up to life in prison if convicted of the three counts in the indictment.
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