NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) - A Navy veteran accused of trying to spy for Russia has been indicted on new charges.
In an indictment filed May 8, U.S. officials say Robert Hoffman, II, 38, of Virginia Beach attempted to provide Russia with top secret information. Hoffman was already accused of trying to give the Russian Federation secret information.
The indictment explained the difference in the two charges, stating the disclosure of top secret information could result in "exceptionally grave" damage to the United States while the disclosure of secret information could result in ‘serious' damage.
Hoffman is accused of trying to give the Russian Officials classified documents less than one year after his retirement from the Navy. The "officials" Hoffman met with were actually agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation conducting an undercover operation.
Born in Buffalo, N.Y., Hoffman served in the Navy for 20 years and reached the rank of Petty Officer First Class. He was trained as a Cryptologic Technician before retiring on Nov. 1, 2011 with a rank of E6.
Hoffman is scheduled for an arraignment on the new charges Wednesday.
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