A top government official in Argentina is accusing a prosecutor who was mysteriously found dead of illegally using state money for a kickback scheme and to wine and dine women.

Cabinet chief Anibal Fernandez told reporters Wednesday that prosecutor Alberto Nisman illegally used funds dedicated to the prosecutor's investigation into the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center that killed 85.

Citing the government investigation, Fernandez said Nisman used money for women and to pay an inflated salary to Diego Lagomarsino, a friend of Nisman who acknowledged lending the gun to the prosecutor that was used in his Jan. 18 death.

Fernandez said Lagomarsino was paid 41,000 pesos ($4,823) a month and gave 20,000 pesos ($2,352) back to Nisman.