MOSCOW, December 2 - RAPSI. Investigative Committee's spokesman Vladimir Markin has confirmed that investigators opened a second criminal case against businessman Viktor Baturin, now on suspicion of tax evasion.

Baturin's defense counsel Igor Shabanov told the Russian Legal Information Agency (RAPSI/ about the criminal case opened against Baturin earlier today.

A Moscow district court sanctioned Baturin's arrest on attempted fraud charges. The businessman was earlier put on probation for real estate fraud.

Baturin was detained on Monday night at Inteco's office after going there to cash a counterfeit 10.8 million ruble ($344,800) promissory note. The Inteco staff suspected the note was forged and called the police. Investigators charged Baturin with attempted fraud on Tuesday and sent the case to court.

A Moscow district court fined Baturin 300,000 rubles ($9,550) and placed him on a three-year probation in June for fraud in connection with the sale of premises in central Moscow

Inteco is a diversified company and Russia's development market leader.