Former lab worker sentenced in nuke secrets plot

The entrance to Technical Area 18 of the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico. (File) (Neil Jacobs, Getty Images)
The entrance to Technical Area 18 of the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico. (File) (Neil Jacobs, Getty Images)
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Updated: 8/20 3:10 pm

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A former Los Alamos National Laboratory contractor has been sentenced to a year and a day in prison for conspiring with her physicist husband to sell nuclear secrets.

The Justice Department on Wednesday announced the sentencing of 71-year-old Marjorie Roxby Mascheroni, who pleaded guilty to charges accusing the couple of plotting to communicate classified nuclear weapons data to an undercover agent who they thought was a Venezuelan government official.

Her husband, 79-year-old Pedro Leonardo Mascheroni, has also pleaded guilty in the case and is in federal custody pending his sentencing. He was a scientist at the lab from 1979 to 1988. She did technical writing and editing from 1981 to 2010. Prosecutors say both held security clearances that allowed them access to certain classified information and restricted data.

 

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