Montclair couple formally charged with spying for Russia

Federal officials have formally charged a Montclair couple with spying for Russia.

The Montclair couple was arrested by the FBI, along with eight other suspects from three states, for allegedly serving for years as secret agents of Russia's intelligence service.

Richard Murphy and Cynthia Murphy were arrested at their Montclair home on Marquette Road on Sunday night. Both were charged with conspiring to act as unlawful agents within the United States and 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 in the case, the U.S. government intercepted a message from Russian intelligence headquarters in Moscow to two of the defendants. The message stated that their main mission is "to search and develop ties in policymaking circles in US" and send intelligence reports.

Neighbors say the couple seemed like any other neighbors in the area.

The couple appeared in Manhattan federal court yesterday.

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