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Janitor sentenced for selling uranium

June 22, 2009
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OAK RIDGE, TN — A former janitor from Bechtel Jacobs employed at the U.S. Department of Energy''s K-25 uranium enrichment plant has been sentenced to six years in prison, according to the Associated Press.
According to the story, Oakley faced a maximum of 20 years in prison for attempting to sell secrets to others, making them capable of producing weapons-grade uranium.
Roy Lynn Oakley, who pled guilty in January to one count of violating the Atomic Energy Act, was caught trying to sell scrap hardware from the plant, the story stated.
Oakley admitted taking the equipment from the plant in 2007 and trying to sell it for $200,000 to foreign agents he thought were from France, the story noted.
The individuals Oakley thought he was selling uranium to were actually undercover Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents, the story added.
U.S. Attorney Russ Dedrick said: "His theft of classified nuclear materials for bombs, and his attempt to sell them for personal profit at the expense of his country''s efforts to protect its nuclear materials, clearly shows that Roy Oakley was a traitor to his country and had no regard for the safety of others."
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