Sentencing, likely in absentia, set for Ohio ex-deputy treasurer arrested in Pakistan

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — A judge has set a sentencing date for a former Ohio deputy treasurer who authorities say fled to Pakistan to avoid prison time.

Amer Ahmad (ah-MEER' ah-MED') pleaded guilty last year to federal charges in an alleged kickback scheme at the Ohio state treasurer's office and faces 15 years in prison for bribery and conspiracy when he is sentenced in absentia.

Federal judge Michael Watson on Wednesday set a Nov. 6 sentencing date for Ahmad, who's currently being held in Pakistan on Pakistani immigration charges following his arrest there in April.

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's lawyer, who opposed sentencing Ahmad in absentia, declined comment Wednesday.

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