Feds charge son resumed his convicted spy father’s work

(AP, 2/1/09)A 24-year-old Eugene man faces federal charges he traveled the globe to get money from Russian spies and disperse the money to family members at the direction of his father, a former CIA spy imprisoned in Oregon since 1997 for espionage. Nathaniel James Nicholson, 24, of Eugene, Ore., and his father, Harold James Nicholson, 58, who is incarcerated at a federal prison in Sheridan, Ore., are charged on two counts of conspiracy, one count of acting as agents of a foreign government and four counts of money laundering, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

The federal charges allege the son met with the father in prison on several occasion to obtain information with the intent to then meet with representatives of the Russian Federation. The indictment alleges the son then brought the money, paid by the Russian Federation for the father’s past espionage activities, back to Oregon to disperse to family members at his father’s direction.


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