Hard to believe a Chicago Democrat is a criminal, huh?
A former Chicago comptroller has been extradited from Pakistan to serve a 15-year prison sentence for a kickback scheme at the state treasurer’s office in Ohio, federal prosecutors say.
Forty-year-old Amer Ahmad, Ohio’s former deputy treasurer, was extradited Wednesday and a court hearing was set for Friday in the case, prosecutors said in a news release.
The Harvard-educated Ahmad, who worked for two Democratic treasurers in Ohio, then for Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, pleaded guilty in 2013 to bribery and conspiracy charges before fleeing to Pakistan to avoid punishment.
He was arrested in Pakistan in April 2014 holding a forged Mexican passport, a fraudulent Pakistani birth certificate, a false Pakistani visa and $175,000, authorities said. He remained jailed there on immigration violations and was sentenced Dec. 1 in absentia in the U.S. case. Besides the prison term, he was ordered to forfeit $3.2 million made from the crimes.
Three co-defendants also have pleaded guilty and have been sentenced.
Prosecutors say that between 2009 and January 2011, Ahmad, friend Mohammed Noure Alo, Canton-based financial adviser Douglas E. Hampton and Chicago mortgage broker Joseph Chiavaroli conspired to use Ahmad’s position at the state treasurer’s office to enrich themselves and their businesses by securing lucrative state business.
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