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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Virginia

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Former Navy Sailor Convicted Of Attempted Espionage

NORFOLK, Va. – Robert Patrick Hoffman II, 40, of Virginia Beach, Va., was convicted today by a federal jury of attempting to provide classified information to individuals who he believed to be representatives of the Russian Federation. 

            Neil H. MacBride, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; John P. Carlin, Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Department’s National Security Division; Royce E. Curtin, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Norfolk Field Office; and Charles T. May, Special Agent in Charge of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) Norfolk Field Office, made the announcement. 

            Hoffman faces a maximum penalty of life in prison when he is sentenced on December 2, 2103.

            Hoffman was indicted on May 8, 2013, in a one-count superseding indictment charging him with attempted espionage.  According to court records and the evidence at trial, Hoffman is a U.S. citizen born in Buffalo, N.Y., who served for 20 years in the U.S. Navy until his retirement on Nov. 1, 2011.  While serving in the Navy, Hoffman held security clearances that granted him access to classified and national defense information relating to programs and operations in which he participated.  Even though he repeatedly signed agreements to not disclose that sensitive information, on Oct. 21, 2012, he passed classified information to what he believed to be the Russian Federation.  Hoffman in fact, delivered the information to the FBI, which was conducting an undercover operation.

This case was investigated by the FBI and NCIS. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Robert J. Krask and Alan M. Salsbury, and Trial Attorney Heather M. Schmidt of the Counterespionage Section of the Justice Department’s National Security Division, are prosecuting the case on behalf of the United States.

A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia at  Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia at or on
Updated March 18, 2015