Deputy U.S. marshals are searching for a former deputy treasurer of Ohio after he jumped bail in Chicago. This morning, U.S. District Judge Michael H. Watson ordered the arrest of Amer Ahmad after learning that Ahmad apparently had fled, said Fred Alverson, a spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office in Columbus.
A federal judge has ordered the arrest of a former Ohio official after he went missing from his Chicago home.
Amer Ahmad, 39, had been free on bond while awaiting sentencing in U.S. District Court in Columbus.
He pleaded guilty in December to bribery and conspiracy to commit bribery, wire fraud and money laundering.
He admitted his involvement in a $3.2 million kickback scheme that occurred while he was an Ohio deputy treasurer under Democrat Kevin L. Boyce.
The FBI found that he had accepted bribes in 2009 and 2010 from a financial adviser in exchange for state business.
Three others involved in the scheme have pleaded guilty.
Yesterday, deputy U.S. marshals were searching for Ahmad. Judge Michael H. Watson ordered his arrest after federal officials learned that Ahmad “violated the terms of his supervised release,” said Fred Alverson, a spokesman for the U.S. attorney’s office in Columbus.
Alverson would not elaborate, and the warrant was sealed.
Ahmad was comptroller for the city of Chicago under Mayor Rahm Emanuel from 2011 until he resigned in July 2013, shortly before he was indicted on the Ohio charges.
He signed a plea deal agreeing to pay restitution of $3.2 million. He surrendered his passport before being released on bond.
He could be sentenced to 15 years in prison. A sentencing date has not been set.