Allegations Against UF Prof released
New details tonight in the federal investigation of University of Florida faculty member whose home and offices were searched Wednesday.
Tonight new reports show that Samim Anghaie and his wife Sousan Fradulently received three point four million dollars from NASA through their company called new era technology.
Federal investigators say the pair took the money from the company's account and put it into their personal accounts to buy property and cars.
While the pair did legitimate work for the government, they billed the government for work that was never done and said it was done by experts who don't exist.
Those closest to Anghaie say this investigation caught them off-guard.
Today we visited Anghaie's on-campus office and the university of Florida's innovative nuclear space power and propulsion institute.
Both sites were searched by federal investigators.
In a court-filed affidavit the federal government has sought to seize six cars from the anghaies and six pieces of real estate in Florida and Connecticut.
As well as several bank accounts.
According to university officials, Angahie is currently on paid leave.
Students at both locations described Profesor Samim Anghaie as one of their favorites.
Chris Perfetti knows professor Samim Anghaie very well.
Anghaie serves as his PHD advisor and Perfetti is a teaching assistant for one his classes.
"We were shocked to hear that anything happened. all the students love Dr. Anghaie. he's the nicest man in the world. he always put the students as his number one priority," Perfetti said.
Perfetti was in the nuclear sciences building when Anghaie's office was searched.
"We're really saddened by it and we hope that whatever happens we're hoping for the best for him."
TV20 went to Anghaie's home but no one answered the door.
Neighbors say it was a surprising scene in the neighborhood yesterday.
Linda Blackburn of Gainesvilee said, "Just seemed like a swarm of FBI agents. we didn't really have a relationship with them. we do with many of our neighbors. ours was just saying hello and they were always very pleasant. everything seemed quite normal."
Many students were just as surpised.
University of Florida, Graduate Student Aslo Swallow said, "Obviously seeing federal agents serve a warrant for somebody that you know is very different."
"He's actually one of the most liked professors at the university. he cares a lot for the students. before i ever met him people described him as a giant fuzzy teddy bear, that's kind of how he looks. he's very helpful."
"He would just give talks that were outside of class that people were free to come to. everybody just loved to hear all the wisdom the guy had."
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