Seton Hall grad among 11 charged in Russian spy case
Three people with ties in New Jersey, including a Seton Hall graduate, have been formally charged in a federal espionage takedown.
Richard Murphy and Cynthia Murphy were arrested at their Montclair home on Marquette Road on Sunday night. Mikhail Semenko, a 28-year-old Seton Hall graduate, was arrested in Washington D.C. on Saturday night after an exchange with an undercover federal agent.
All three were charged with conspiring to act as unlawful agents within the United States. Richard Murphy and Cynthia Murphy were also charged with conspiracy to commit money laundering.
Federal authorities say the goal of the group was to penetrate U.S. government policymaking circles.
According to court papers, some of the ring's members used invisible ink, coded radio transmissions and encrypted data, and employed Hollywood methods such as swapping bags in passing at a train station.
Russian officials have denounced the arrests as "Cold War-era spy stories."
The three suspects are being held in federal custody pending a bail hearing later today.
Montclair couple, 9 others formally charged with spying for Russia