UF professor, wife accused of defrauding NASA
A nuclear scientist and his wife were arrested Friday on charges of defrauding the government in connection with a $3.7 million contract they had with NASA, the Air Force and the Navy.
Samim Anghaie, a professor and director of the University of Florida’s Innovation Nuclear Space Power and Propulsion Institute, and his wife, Sousan, were indicted in federal court on charges of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, 50 counts of wire fraud, conspiracy to commit money laundering, 17 counts of money laundering and one count of making false statements to the government.
Sousan Anghaie also is charged with another count of making false statements.
Prosecutors contend the Anghaies created fictitious employment records and deposited government money that was supposed to go for salaries into their bank accounts and those of their sons. They say the couple also falsely told the government that the institute employed a research scientist, staff scientist, engineer, computer engineer and laboratory assistant and used a state-of-the-art lab to conduct their research.
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