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Argentina government accuses late prosecutor of illegally using funds in kickback scheme

  • Demonstrators hold pictures of late prosecutor Alberto Nisman during an act to demand justice after more than a month after his death, outside the court house in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Wednesday, March 18, 2015. Nisman was found dead in his bathroom on January 18, on the eve of congressional hearings where he was due to present his accusations against President Cristina Fernandez of shielding Iranian officials from prosecution over the 1994 bombing of a Buenos Aires Jewish centre. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

    Demonstrators hold pictures of late prosecutor Alberto Nisman during an act to demand justice after more than a month after his death, outside the court house in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Wednesday, March 18, 2015. Nisman was found dead in his bathroom on January 18, on the eve of congressional hearings where he was due to present his accusations against President Cristina Fernandez of shielding Iranian officials from prosecution over the 1994 bombing of a Buenos Aires Jewish centre. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)  (The Associated Press)

  • A demonstrator holds a sign that reads in Spanish "Memory, Truth, Justice"  during an act to demand justice following the death of special prosecutor Alberto Nisman more than a month ago, outside the court house in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Wednesday, March 18, 2015. Nisman was found dead in his bathroom on January 18, on the eve of congressional hearings where he was due to present his accusations against  President Cristina Fernandez of shielding Iranian officials from prosecution over the 1994 bombing of a Buenos Aires Jewish centre. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

    A demonstrator holds a sign that reads in Spanish "Memory, Truth, Justice" during an act to demand justice following the death of special prosecutor Alberto Nisman more than a month ago, outside the court house in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Wednesday, March 18, 2015. Nisman was found dead in his bathroom on January 18, on the eve of congressional hearings where he was due to present his accusations against President Cristina Fernandez of shielding Iranian officials from prosecution over the 1994 bombing of a Buenos Aires Jewish centre. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)  (The Associated Press)

  • A demonstrator holds a sign that reads in Spanish "I am Nisman" during an act to demand justice following the death of special prosecutor Alberto Nisman, outside the court house in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Wednesday, March 18, 2015. Nisman was found dead in his bathroom on January 18, on the eve of congressional hearings where he was due to present his accusations against  President Cristina Fernandez of shielding Iranian officials from prosecution over the 1994 bombing of a Buenos Aires Jewish centre. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

    A demonstrator holds a sign that reads in Spanish "I am Nisman" during an act to demand justice following the death of special prosecutor Alberto Nisman, outside the court house in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Wednesday, March 18, 2015. Nisman was found dead in his bathroom on January 18, on the eve of congressional hearings where he was due to present his accusations against President Cristina Fernandez of shielding Iranian officials from prosecution over the 1994 bombing of a Buenos Aires Jewish centre. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)  (The Associated Press)

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.