Government wants Ohio ex-deputy treasurer arrested in Pakistan to be sentenced in absentia

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — Federal prosecutors say a former Ohio deputy treasurer facing 15 years in prison for bribery and conspiracy in the U.S. and who fled to Pakistan should be sentenced in absentia.

The government says Amer Ahmad (ah-MEER' ah-MED') had a forged Mexican passport, a fraudulent Pakistani birth certificate, a false Pakistani visa and $175,000 when he was arrested in Pakistan in April.

Prosecutors said in a court filing Thursday that Ahmad fled to Pakistan, where he's being held on Pakistani immigration violations, to avoid U.S. prison time.

The 39-year-old Ahmad worked for two Ohio treasurers, Democrats Richard Cordray and Kevin Boyce, and later as comptroller under Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

Ahmad pleaded guilty last year to federal charges in an alleged kickback scheme at the Ohio state treasurer's office.

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