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US judge won't sentence absent Ohio ex-deputy treasurer while he's being held in Pakistan

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — A federal judge won't impose a sentence on an ex-Ohio deputy treasurer in the man's absence.

Authorities say Amer Ahmad (ah-MEER' ah-MED') fled to Pakistan to avoid prison time, and the government had asked Judge Michael Watson to sentence him in absentia.

Watson rejected that request Thursday by vacating Ahmad's scheduled Nov. 6 sentencing.

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

Federal prosecutors seek a 15-year prison term, saying the long sentence sends a strong message about public corruption.

The government says Ahmad accepted more than $500,000 in bribes in exchange for awarding business to brokerage services.

The 39-year-old Ahmad worked for two Ohio treasurers and later as comptroller under Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

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