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MOSCOW, August 14 - RAPSI. Investigators have finished investigating the criminal case against former prosecutor Roman Nishchemenko, who has been accused of accepting bribes and patronizing an illegal gambling business, the Investigative Committee reports on Tuesday.
The maximum punishment for the crime is 10 years in prison.
The high-profile casino scandal provoked a public uproar. Businessman Ivan Nazarov allegedly operated illegal casinos in 15 towns across the Moscow region.
According to law enforcement authorities, several high-ranking officials of prosecutor's offices and the Interior Ministry were involved in the casino operations, which generated between $5 million and $10 million in monthly revenue.
Investigators believe Nishchemenko received over four million rubles ($125,900) in bribes for patronizing Navazor's business.
The criminal case has been submitted to the Prosecutor Generals Office to confirm the indictment and to transfer the case to the court.
Ten law enforcement officers have been detained in the scandal. First Deputy Moscow Region Prosecutor Alexander Ignatenko is the most high-ranking official to be arrested in the case.
After the scandal broke out, Ignatenko fled the country. However, he was detained in Poland in early 2012.
The question of his extradition is presently being resolved.