Belleair Beach scientists accused of defauding government for research
By Paul Mueller, Reporter
BELLEAIR BEACH --
Two prominent Pinellas County scientists are accused of defrauding the federal government of $10 million worth of research projects.
A 15 count indictment against Dr. Matt Aldissi and his wife, Anastassia Bogomolova, accuses them of using their companies, Fractal Systems, Inc. and Smart Polymers Research Corporation., for more than a decade to fraudulently acquire government research projects.
Dr. Aldissi did not want to comment at his home Wednesday afternoon.
"We contest the allegations in the indictment," said Aldissi's attorney. "We intend to enter a not guilty plea and to vigorously challenge the government's allegations."
The couple lives in a prosperous neighborhood in Belleair Beach. Neighbors said they witnessed law enforcement officials in the neighborhood not long ago.
"It's just that there were a massive amount of big SUVs over there," said neighbor Donna Koren. "You don't think of anything like that happening on the next street."
The indictment states the couple submitted proposals using stolen identities of real people and created false endorsements of the proposals.
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