Argentine Scientist Convicted in U.S. for Nuclear Espionage for Venezuela

January 29, 2015 8:16 PM

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Argentine Scientist Convicted in U.S. for Nuclear Espionage for Venezuela

WASHINGTON – A U.S. judge sentenced an Argentine-born scientist, now a nationalized American, to five years in prison for providing secret nuclear information to an FBI agent posing as a Venezuelan government official, the Justice Department announced.

The sentence handed down against Pedro Leonardo Mascheroni, 79, on Wednesday in Albuquerque, New Mexico, by Federal Judge William P. Johnson, will ensure that he remains in prison for five years and is then on parole for three additional years.

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