Facing up to 15 years in prison and stripped of his U.S. passport, Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s former city comptroller ordered his wife this week “to get him a fake birth certificate from Pakistan for a passport,” according to court records obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times.
Now, Amer Ahmad is on the lam, and a judge issued a warrant Friday for his arrest.
“I am very concerned that he will kidnap our children and take them to Pakistan,” Ahmad’s wife, Samar Ahmad, wrote Thursday in seeking an emergency order of protection against her husband. “He believes that [he] is not guilty and deserves a life with the children and repeatedly gets very angry if I say anything.”
A Cook County judge granted her request Thursday afternoon.
Then, Friday morning in Ohio, U.S. District Judge Michael H. Watson ordered authorities to track down and arrest Ahmad for violating the terms of his release on bail pending his sentencing.
“The U.S. Marshals Service is conducting the search for Mr. Ahmad,” said Fred Alverson, a spokesman for the U.S. attorney’s office in Columbus, Ohio.
Ahmad — who has continued to live in Chicago since resigning from his $165,000-a-year City Hall post last summer — pleaded guilty in December to being part of a large kickback and money-laundering scheme when he was Ohio’s deputy state treasurer.
The crimes occurred before Ahmad joined Emanuel’s administration in April 2011. An outside investigation that City Hall commissioned to review Ahmad’s conduct revealed no criminal wrongdoing by Ahmad or his staff. That investigation cost Chicago taxpayers $825,000.
In recent months, Ahmad, 39, had become physically and verbally abusive toward his wife and three children, ages 7, 6 and 2, and had been undergoing psychiatric treament, his wife wrote in her petition for the order of protection.
“When I tried to get my daughter away from him, he grabbed me by the hair and threw me down on the ground and pushed me under my dresser,” she wrote.
Ahmad had been a rising star in the Emanuel administration before abruptly resigning last summer, saying he wanted to seek a job in the private sector.