TAMPA — A Belleair Beach couple is accused of defrauding the federal government of up to $10 million in a scheme dating to 1999, according to a 15-count federal indictment unsealed last week.
Mahmoud "Matt" Aldissi and his wife, Anastassia Bogomolova, are charged in Tampa federal court with wire fraud, aggravated identity theft and the falsification of records involving a federal investigation.
The two operated Smart Polymers Research Corp. and the Pinellas office of Fractal Systems Inc., a foreign company, according to the indictment. Federal prosecutors said the pair conspired to fraudulently obtain federal defense contracts by creating fake "endorsements, e-mails and letters" from people and submitting false invoices to the government, the indictment said.
The couple denied the charges when contacted Tuesday. "It's ridiculous," Bogomolova said of the indictment, which provided little detail of the alleged crime.
Prosecutors are seeking a forfeiture judgment of $10 million, which they say is the profit from the scheme.