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Government requests 15-year prison sentence for Ohio ex-deputy treasurer arrested in Pakistan

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — The government is asking a judge for a 15-year sentence 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 bribery and money laundering charges in an alleged kickback scheme at the Ohio state treasurer's office.

Federal prosecutors on Thursday asked judge Michael Watson for the 15-year term when he sentences Ahmad in absentia Nov. 6, saying the long sentence is necessary to send a message about public corruption.

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

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

A message was left for Ahmad's lawyer.

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