FBI agents raided the office of the university's Innovative Nuclear
Space Power and Propulsion Institute, which was founded by professor
Samim Anghaie, an Iranian-born director of the institute and a
professor of radiological engineering.
According to court documents, Anghaie and his family members set up a
company called New Era Technology, which was known as NETECH. His
wife, Sousan Anghaie, was the president of the company.
Court documents allege that NETECH submitted fraudulent proposals to
NASA for proposed research contracts. As a result, NETECH received
several NASA contracts. NETCH is also accused of submitting fraudulent
invoices to NASA which represented hours worked by alleged employees.
Professor, Wife Accused of Defrauding NASA of Hundreds of Thousands of
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
The FBI and NASA are investigating a University of Florida professor
and his wife for allegedly defrauding NASA out of hundreds of
thousands of taxpayer dollars for their own personal use.
Iranian-born Samim Anghaie, 59, is the Director of the Innovative
Nuclear Space Power and Propulsion Institute at the University of
Florida. His wife, 55-year-old Sousan Anghaie, is president of New Era
Technology Inc. (NETECH) in Gainesville, Fla.
Authorities say Sousan Anghaie persuaded NASA to award her company
"several fully funded contracts," including nearly $600,000 to develop
and study a uranium-related technology.
But, according to an affidavit unsealed today in federal court, the
couple allegedly used most of that money to buy personal luxuries —
including their $480,000 home in Gainesville, a 2007 BMW and a 2005
Toyota Sienna sports van.
They also used that money to buy a property for their son in Tampa,
Fla., a property for their other son in Manchester, Conn., a 2008
Toyota Corolla for Sousan Anghaie's sister, and a 2007 Toyota Corolla
for another family member.
Earlier today federal agents raided the Innovative Nuclear Space Power
and Propulsion Institute, according to a law enforcement official.
As part of her proposal in 2006, Sousan Anghaie requested nearly
$350,000 to pay three staffers, including her son and brother-in-law.
But those three actually received "$0" for their work, according to
the affidavit. In fact, it's not clear whether any of the proposed
work was actually completed.
According to the affidavit, Sousan Anghaie and her husband, who also
worked for NETECH in some capacity, "submitted multiple fraudulent
certified contract proposals to NASA, in order to receive the maximum
funding for proposed research contracts."
After sending NASA invoices documenting how the money was used, NASA
would deposit money directly into NETECH's corporate account, but that
money would be "diverted" to the couple's personal accounts, the
NETECH has already received nearly $528,000 of the $600,000 awarded by
NASA, and the contract with NASA was still active as of last week,
according to the affidavit.
The affidavit said there is "probable cause" to believe that Sousan
and Samim Anghaie stole federal funds, laundered money, and conspired
to commit money laundering, all in violation of federal laws.
No charges have been filed yet in the case.
July 13, 2006
IN A complaint filed in a city court, a few trustees of the National
Spiritual Assembly of Bahais of India have been accused of espionage
by their colleagues. Apparently, they were supplying classified
documents from India's defence establishments to Israeli and Iranian
spying agencies and making huge amounts in foreign currency. Taking
cognisance of the complaint, the additional chief metropolitan
magistrate, Kamini Lau, has directed the Economic Offence Wing Cell to
immediately register a case against the accused persons. The court has
also asked the cell to file a status report with it by August 10.
As per the allegations in the complaint, one of the accused, N.K.
Bhudhiraja, general manager of finance with the spiritual
organisation, forged an identity card and af fixed his photograph on
an armed forces concessions form for fee baggage allowance, which is
needed for military officials travelling to places in India and
abroad. Apparently, he also used to travel under the fictitious name
of 'Captain S. Budhiraja' of the air force station at Yelahanka.
Apparently, the accused, by using such impersonations and forgery
managed to clandestinely penetrate into the prohibited defence
establishment of the country and get hold of classified documents. In
turn, he supplied the sensitive documents to spying agencies in Israel
and Iran in return of foreign currency.
The complaint has also alleged that the stamp of the air force station
at Yelahanka had been forged with some amount of accuracy and was
being used by the accused trustees of the 'spiritual assembly'.
The complaint also alleges that another accused, Payam Shoghi, also a
trustee with the society, is in truth an Iranian national. He
fraudulently got his name inserted in the ration card of another
accused and also got it attested.
On the basis of the ration card he managed to procure an Indian
passport. The complaint also states that such passports have been
issued to a number of other foreigners by the accused people through a
similar fashion of forgery.
The counsel of three complainants Swadesh Kumar, Khub Singh and
Gulshan Kumar told the court that they have definitive documentary
prove that the accused were, in addition to the other violations,
involved in a large scale Hawala transaction network.
I was wondering how they funded their lawsuit against the Orthodox
Baha'is-- this money would about cover the legal fees they blew trying
to get a U.S. judge to deny us the right to call ourselves Baha'i.
-- Eric Stetson, September 2003
> I was wondering how they funded their lawsuit against the Orthodox
> Baha'is-- this money would about cover the legal fees they blew trying
> to get a U.S. judge to deny us the right to call ourselves Baha'i.
There you have it.