January 29, 2015
A former Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist who pleaded guilty to trying to help Venezuela develop an atomic weapon was sentenced Wednesday to five years in prison and three years of supervised release.
Pedro Leonardo Mascheroni and his wife, Marjorie Roxby Mascheroni, pleaded guilty in 2013 to offering assistance to Venezuela to develop a nuclear weapon through an undercover FBI agent posing as a Venezuelan representative, AP reported.
Mascheroni, of Argentine origin and a naturalized American, was sentenced yesterday by a federal judge in Albuquerque in a case that began in 2010. His wife was sentenced to one year in prison for conspiring with her husband to sell nuclear secrets.
Before his indictment, Pedro Mascheroni was under investigation for about a year. The FBI had confiscated his computers, letters, photographs, books, and cell phones.
According to the 22-count indictment, Mascheroni told the undercover FBI agent that he could help Venezuela develop a nuclear weapon in 10 years and that the country could use a secret underground reactor to produce and enrich plutonium, as well as a non-secret reactor to produce nuclear energy.
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