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Former Ohio Dep. Treasurer Indicted for Receiving Kickbacks, Money Laundering
COLUMBUS (Ken Hines) -- A former Ohio deputy treasurer was indicted Thursday on charges related to alleged financial improprieties.
Amer Ahmad and immigration lawyer Noure Alo face charges of conspiracy and wire fraud connected to alleged financial dealings with Canton secuities broker Douglas Hampton and Chicago businessman Joseph Chiavaroli. Ahmad also faces charges of money laundering, bribery, and making false statements.
Ahmad allegedly used his position as deputy treasurer to direct business to Hampton in return for payments. Hampton also funneled money to Alo, a friend and business associate of Ahmad, according to court documents.
Ahmad is accused of concealing the payments received from Hampton via a landscaping business he owned with Chiavaroli, who pleaded guilty Thursday to a charge of conspiring to commit money laundering.
Hampton pleaded guilty on Wednesday to a charge of conspiracy.
Ahmad's attorney issued a statement on Thursday in which he claims his client committed no illegal acts, and will not plead guilty when he appears in court on Monday.
Ahmad left the Ohio Treasurer's Office in 2010, and was later named Chicago City Comptroller. He resigned that post in July, 2013, at which time he was praised by Mayor Rahm Emmanuel for helping to add $70 million to the city's treasury.