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Thursday, February 26, 2009

FBI raids University of Florida nuclear power institute office of Iranian born Director Professor Samim Anghaie

GAINESVILLE - The FBI searched the offices of a University of Florida scientist Wednesday in a case alleging the professor and his family took "hundreds of thousands of dollars of illegally obtained government funds" from the nation's space agency.

Court documents filed by the United States Attorney in Tallahassee describe a criminal and civil investigation into "fraudulent" invoices that resulted in funneling hundreds of thousands of dollars to Professor Samim Anghaie, 59, his wife, Sousan, 54, and their two adult sons.

Federal officials would not talk about the details of their investigation, which UF reacted to by placing Anghaie on leave with pay. He could not be reached for comment. Also working the case are agents of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Office of Inspector General.

University officials said Anghaie is working at UF under two active NASA grants to study the use of nuclear power for space travel. The professor also directs the university's Innovative Nuclear Space Power and Propulsion Institute and has taken a prominent expert role in Florida's efforts to secure new nuclear power plants.

UF spokesman Steve Orlando said the current grants are for less than $500,000 and are among several that Anghaie has received from NASA during his nearly 29 years at the university.One two-year contract, for $599,989 to develop mixed uranium fuels, expired last December, according to court documents.

Investigative documents and warrants had been sealed until Wednesday morning, when seizure of Anghaie family property was authorized. Orlando said a lone FBI agent began a search of Anghaie's personal office and his institute office shortly before 8 a.m. and left at mid-afternoon.

During the agent's search, no other faculty members were questioned, the university spokesman said. U.S. Attorney Robert D. Stinson in Tallahassee is seeking to seize from the Anghaie family three late-model Toyotas, a 2009 Suburu, a 2007 BMW and a 2006 Acura. Several bank accounts and real estate holdings of the professor and his family also are being sought by authorities.

The investigation centers on activities of New Era Technology Inc., or NETECH, which was started in 1988 as a high-technology research company. Sousan Anghaie serves as president. Since 1999, NETECH won 13 federal contracts worth $3.4 million, according to court documents, which state that about $2.5 million of that amount came from NASA.
Officer/Director Detail....Name & Address
Title P.....ANGHAIE, SOUSAN 3720 NW 58 BLVD.GAINESVILLE FL 32606

Also see another FL company that Sousan Anghaie had run;
FL Records...ECONO CARS INC.
Officer/Director Detail Name & Address
Title D. ANGHAIE, SOUSAN-FATEMEH 2435 N.W. 36TH TER GAINESVILLE FL

Bill Warner
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