Egypt's top prosecutor has frozen the assets of ousted president Hosni Mubarak and his family and banned them from leaving the country.
Opposition forces have long claimed that Mubarak amassed illegal wealth during his 30 years in power.
The prosecutor issued the order on Monday for Mubarak, his wife Suzanne, their 2 sons and wives.
Mubarak has been staying in the eastern resort of Sharm el-Sheikh since he stepped down on February 11th in the face of massive anti-government protests.
A local newspaper reported on Monday that Mubarak may have about 185 million dollars stashed in secret accounts opened under the names of his wife and sons at a state-owned bank.
Observers say the launch of a full-scale investigation into the former president's finances indicates the Egyptian authorities' desire to distance themselves from the Mubarak administration.