International Olympic Committee (IOC) member Frankie Fredericks has reportedly been placed under formal investigation by French authorities, connected to the awarding of the 2016 Olympic Games to Rio de Janiero.
The Namibian appeared in front of a Paris judge yesterday, as he seeks to clear his name.
According to Reuters, French prosecutors have now place him under formal investigation.
The investigation into Fredericks, a four-time Olympic silver medallist in the 100 and 200 metres, relates to payments received by his company, Yemi Limited, from a company owned and controlled by Papa Massata Diack.
This was prior to Rio de Janeiro being awarded the 2016 Olympics and Paralympics in October 2009, which Fredericks voted on.
Fredericks has denied any wrongdoing.
"We have just been informed of the decision by the French judge," an IOC spokesperson told insidethegames.
"The chief ethics and compliance officer will look into the file which is not yet available and report to the Ethics Commission which is meeting on Monday.
"Like with any procedure, the right to be heard has to be respected".
Fredericks temporarily stepped down from his role as an International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Council member in March.
It came before the IAAF confirmed his provisional suspension in July.
The former sprinter failed in his effort to have the suspension lifted the following month.
A parallel IOC Ethics Commission investigation is also looking into the payments to the company linked to Fredericks.
Documents provided by American tax authorities showed how Papa Diack transferred $300,000 (£245,000/€284,000) to a Seychelles-based offshore company called Yemli Limited in 2009 through Pamodzi Consulting.
Yemli Limited is linked to Fredericks, who referred himself to the IOC Ethics Commission when the accusations surfaced on March 3.
Fredericks claimed the payment was legitimate and related to his role in the promotion of several athletics events when he confirmed his intention for appeal the provisional suspension.
The accusations against him prompted him to step down as the chair of the IOC Evaluation Commission for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
He was replaced by Switzerland's Patrick Baumann.
Fredericks insisted the funds are related to a marketing contract dated March 11, 2007, which was due to go towards developing various events including a relay championships, an IAAF marketing programme, the African Athletics Programme, the IAAF Continental Programme and the African Athletics Championships.