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Ex-Ohio Officials Pleads Not Guilty to Bribery

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- A former Ohio deputy treasurer accused in a bribery and money laundering scheme has pleaded not guilty to related charges.
  
Amer Ahmad served as top deputy when Democrat Kevin Boyce was state treasurer. Ahmad later served as Chicago's comptroller.
  
Prosecutors allege Ahmad and others including bank lobbyist Mohammed Noure Alo conspired to use Ahmad's position in Ohio to enrich themselves and their businesses by securing lucrative state business between 2009 and 2011.
  
The 38-year-old Ahmad pleaded not guilty Monday in federal court in Columbus to all charges, including money laundering, wire fraud, conspiracy to launder money, bribery and making false statements.
  
The 35-year-old Alo also pleaded not guilty on Monday to conspiracy and other charges.
  
Both were released by U.S. Magistrate Judge Terence Kemp on their own recognizance.

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