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Federal judge sets new sentencing for fugitive Ohio ex-deputy treasurer who fled to Pakistan

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — A federal judge has set another sentencing date for the ex-Ohio deputy treasurer who prosecutors say fled to Pakistan to avoid U.S. prison time.

Amer Ahmad (ah-MEER' ah-MAHD') will be sentenced Dec. 1 on federal charges related to an alleged kickback scheme at the Ohio state treasurer's office. He faces 15 years in prison for bribery and conspiracy after pleading guilty last year.

Ahmad forfeits his right to appeal by being sentenced in absentia. He remains a fugitive until he's taken into U.S. custody.

The 39-year-old was arrested in Pakistan in April holding a forged Mexican passport, a fraudulent Pakistani birth certificate, a false Pakistani visa and $175,000. He was jailed there on immigration violations.

Ahmad worked for two Democratic state treasurers in Ohio, then for Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

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