msnbc.com staff and news service reports
updated 2/26/2011 4:37:19 AM ET 2011-02-26T09:37:19

A former University of Florida nuclear engineering professor and his wife have been convicted of defrauding more than $3 million from NASA and other federal agencies.

A federal jury in Gainesville on Friday returned guilty verdicts against 61-year-old Samim Anghaie and his wife, 56-year-old Sousan, after a three-week trial.

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Both were convicted of conspiracy and multiple counts of wire fraud — 28 for the husband and 26 for the wife.

Samim Anghaie, a native of Iran, also was convicted on a false document count.

His wife is president of a high-tech engineering research and development company.

Citing prosecutors, The Gainesville Sun reported that they used the money they received from the contracts to buy several vehicles and homes.

The newspaper said that they also received contracts from the U.S. Air Force.

No sentencing date was immediately set. Each fraud count has a maximum penalty of 20 years.

The Associated Press and msnbc.com staff contributed to this report.

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