Federal prosecutors seek to extradite former Ohio deputy treasurer arrested in Pakistan


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COLUMBUS, Ohio — Federal prosecutors have asked a judge to start the process of extraditing a former Ohio deputy treasurer from Pakistan.

Amer Ahmad (ah-MEER' ah-MED') is facing 15 years in prison for bribery and conspiracy. In December, he pleaded guilty in Columbus federal court to charges in an alleged kickback scheme at the Ohio treasurer's office. Ahmad, a Chicago resident, surrendered his passport while awaiting sentencing.

But in April, the 39-year-old Ahmad was arrested in Pakistan after attempting to enter the country using fake documents. He remains in Pakistani custody.

The U.S. attorney's office on Wednesday requested to begin Ahmad's extradition. Ahmad's attorney says he wasn't surprised by the government's effort.

Ahmad worked for two Ohio treasurers, Democrats Richard Cordray and Kevin Boyce. Then he was comptroller under Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

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