West Virginia couple sentenced in submarine secrets case

Jonathan and Diana Toebbe are pictured in photos released by the West Virginia Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority on Oct. 12, 2021. Photo Credit: ABC News

Charleston, WV (WOAY) – Court officials have sentenced a Navy engineer and his wife to lengthy prison terms following their plot to sell secrets about nuclear submarines.

A West Virginia federal court sentenced Jonathan Toebbe to over 19 years in prison. His wife, Dianne Toebbe, received a 22-year sentence after the judge disclosed that Diana Toebbe attempted to send her husband two letters from jail.

Prosecutors allege Jonathan Toebbe abused his access to top-secret government information and sold details about submarines.

The person he thought was a foreign government representative was an undercover FBI agent. Additionally, his wife admitted to acting as a lookout.

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