Alleged Montclair spy couple is denied bail
The alleged spy couple from Montclair has been denied bail.
Prosecutors in the alleged Russian spy ring case say that they found $80,000 in new hundred-dollar bills in the safety deposit box of the New Jersey couple. Richard and Cynthia Murphy were arrested Sunday night at their Montclair home on Marquette Road. Mikhail Semenko, a 28-year-old Seton Hall graduate, was arrested in Washington D.C. Saturday night after an exchange with an undercover federal agent. In total, 10 people were arrested over the weekend in the United States. An eleventh person is now a fugitive overseas.
All three Garden State suspects were charged with conspiring to act as unlawful agents within the United States. The Murphys were also charged with conspiracy to commit money laundering.
According to court papers, some of the ring's alleged members used invisible ink, coded radio transmissions and encrypted data, and employed Hollywood methods such as swapping bags in passing at a train station.
Federal authorities say the goal of the group was to penetrate U.S. government policymaking circles.
Russian officials have denounced the arrests as "Cold War-era spy stories."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Montclair couple, 9 others formally charged with spying for Russia