FBI raids Iranian-born rocket scientist's office

February 26, 2009 9:14:16 AM PST
A nuclear space power institute at the University of Florida was raided Wednesday by the FBI.

During the raid, officials would not comment on the target of the investigation but a school spokesman says agents were in the office of professor Samim Anghaie, the Iranian-born director of the university's Innovative Nuclear Space Power and Propulsion Institute.

Published reports indicate the professor and his wife are accused of defrauding NASA out of hundreds of thousands of dollars in research grants.

According to the spokesman the university is cooperating with the FBI and Anghaie's employment status is being reviewed.

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