Married Couple Sentenced Over 19 Years For Espionage-Related Offenses

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  • Groh sentenced Mrs. Toebbe to a longer sentence after authorities intercepted two letters she gave her husband from jail asking him to lie about her involvement in the plan and flush the letters down the toilet.
  • “This is an exceptional story, right out of the movies,” Groh said, according to The Associated Press, during their sentencing on Wednesday, adding the former naval engineer’s “actions and greedy, self-serving intentions placed military service members at sea and every citizen of this country in a vulnerable position and at risk of harm from adversaries.”
  • Department of Justice authorities echoed the judge, saying the couples conspiracy to sell restricted defense information placed the U.S. military and the nation’s security at risk.

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