MOSCOW, March 20 - RAPSI. The Interior Ministry has requested for examination the case materials on Vnesheconombank Deputy Chairman Anatoly Ballo, a ministry source told RIA Novosti on Tuesday.

"The materials in the criminal case were submitted for examination to the Interior Ministry's Investigative Department. A decision as to who will go on with the investigation will be taken in the nearest future," the source said.

Investigators maintain that Ballo and his accomplices stole $14 million on September 24, 2008 as part of a loan provided to Evraziyskiy to purchase a 100-percent interest in Yugvodokanals' charter capital, the Interior Ministry reported on March 12.

Evraziyskiy is a water supply operator in southern Russia. VEB has been Evraziyskiy's major shareholder since 2006.

Investigators found that the stolen funds were placed into offshore companies' accounts in Swiss banks.

Investigators charged him with fraud a week ago. He faces up to 10 years in prison.

Ballo was detained by the security services, but Moscow's Tverskoy District Court later released him on bail.