Harold James Nicholson, 59, is serving over 23 years in the northwest state of Oregon, but has admitted to passing information during prison visits by his son Nathaniel, who then traveled abroad, from 2006 to December 2008.
The case is the first time a spy has been convicted of new crimes involving a foreign country they spied for, while serving an espionage sentence, the Department of Justice said.
Nicholson admitted that, “with the assistance of his son Nathaniel, he acted on behalf of the Russian Federation, passed information to the Russian Federation, and received cash proceeds for his past espionage activities.”
Specifically he “admitted that during the course of the conspiracy he met with his son Nathaniel on several occasions at (his prison) and provided Nathaniel information intended for the Russian Federation.
The son traveled to San Francisco, Mexico City, Lima and Nicosia to meet with Russia agents, it said.
Nicholson also “directed Nathaniel on how to covertly travel with the funds from the Russian Federation and how to disperse the funds to family members,” it added.