Ex-Los Alamos scientist gets 5 years in nuke spy sting
ALBUQUERQUE, NM - A former Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist who pleaded guilty to trying to help Venezuela develop a nuclear weapon has been sentenced to five years in prison and three years of supervised release.
Pedro Leonardo Mascheroni was sentenced Wednesday before a U.S. district judge in Albuquerque following a case that began in 2010.
Mascheroni and his wife, Marjorie Roxby Mascheroni, pleaded guilty in 2013 to offering to help develop a nuclear weapon for Venezuela through dealings with an undercover FBI agent posing as a representative of the socialist South American country.
Pedro Mascheroni, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Argentina, had faced up to 5 1/2 years in prison and 10 years of supervised release.
His wife received a year and a day in prison for conspiring with her husband to sell nuclear secrets.
The U.S. government is not alleging Venezuela sought U.S. secrets.