Friday, August 28, 2009

Eugene man admits he was go-between for jailed spy dad

A 25-year-old Eugene man — the son of a former CIA agent convicted of spying for Russia — admitted Thursday that he acted as a proxy for his jailed father by meeting with and accepting money from his dad’s former Russian contacts.

Nathaniel “Nate” Nicholson pleaded guilty in a Portland federal courtroom to conspiracy to act as an agent of a foreign government and conspiracy to commit money laundering. He also agreed Thursday to testify against his father in a plea deal that could help him avoid prison.

Federal prosecutors said Nicholson traveled to Mexico City, Cypress and Lima, Peru, at the behest of his father, ex-CIA agent Harold “Jim” Nicholson. In his plea petition, Nate Nicholson admitted collecting more than $35,000 from Russian Federation agents hoping to continue buying information from his father. He then disbursed the money to family members as Jim Nicholson directed, prosecutors said.


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