Federal authorities announced Friday that a former University of North Carolina at Charlotte employee is accused of taking $829,000 from the school.
Court documents Eyewitness News found stated that Sam Hanna used his position to funnel money into his pocket.
Hanna worked in the facilities management department. The Bill of Information says between 2005 and 2011, Hanna awarded work contracts to companies operated by his co-conspirators.
The document states the companies did little to no work but accepted payments of more than $829,000. It says the companies kicked back more than $413,000 in bribe payments to Hanna.
Investigators said he used the money to make mortgage payments, pay Dish Network and even shop at stores like Ann Taylor. His wife said she never saw any of the money.
"We don't have luxury cars, we don't have anything," she said.
She said her husband had a stroke in 2011 and she was recently diagnosed with bone cancer. She said they have trouble paying bills and her husband agreed to plead guilty to federal charges of program theft conspiracy because he's too weak to fight.
"He can't go nowhere. He can't even go nowhere. He's dying, you know," she said.
The university said it first noticed the problem and reported it to the FBI. UNCC said Hanna stopped working at the university last summer, but it's unclear if that was due to illness or the federal charges.
Officials are still scheduling a hearing date for Hanna to enter that guilty plea.