Charlotte man pleads guilty in scheme to defraud UNCC

Charlotte man pleads guilty in scheme to defraud UNCC

Charlotte man pleads guilty in scheme to defraud UNCC

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by ELIZABETH THOMAS / WCNC.com

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WCNC.com

Posted on February 20, 2013 at 1:30 PM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 20 at 1:50 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A Charlotte man entered into a plea agreement on federal charges stemming from a scheme that defrauded the University of North Carolina at Charlotte out of $829,807, according to documents filed in a U.S. District Court on Wednesday.

Sam Hanna, 62, of Charlotte, used his position as Facilities Engineer Specialist at UNCC to orchestrate a scheme with two co-conspirators involving fraudulent contracts, bribes and kickbacks, U.S. Attorneys allege.

According to court documents, Hanna used his position to award no-bid contracts to two entities who performed little to no work from 2006 to 2011. Then, officials say, those companies transferred funds exceeding $400,000 into a bank account of a company owned by Hanna.

Officials say Hanna used the bribe payments to pay for personal expenditures, such as mortgage payments and purchases from Dish Network, Anne Taylor and Verizon, among other things.

Hanna is charged with, and has agreed to plead guilty to one count of federal program theft conspiracy. He faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Hanna has also agreed to pay full restitution in an amount to be determined by the court at his sentencing.

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