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GOP Chairman say Ohio Dems should be raising a ruckus about indictments
Former top official of former Democratic Treasurer is facing federal kickback charges
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Former Deputy Ohio Treasurer Amer Ahmad says he's innocent of kickback charges.
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The leader of the Ohio Republican Party is calling on Democrats to speak up about the indictment of a former deputy state treasurer. Amer Ahmad, formerly of Stark County, has been charged with bribery, conspiracy and money laundering. He’s  accused of accepting a half-million dollars in kickbacks to steer state investments to a Canton broker when Kevin Boyce was the state treasurer.

Boyce is now a state representative. Republican Party Chairman Matt Borges criticized him and other Democrats.

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“If Ohio Democrats are actually serious about confronting and dealing with scandal then I think they owe Ohio voters and Ohioans some explanation (as) to what their position on Rep. Boyce is with regards to this scandal.”

But Boyce issued a statement Tuesday saying  any wrongdoing should be fully prosecuted. And Democrat Party spokesman Jerid Kurt says Borges has his own issues.

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“After pleading guilty to a pay-to-play scandal himself, it’s hard to take Governor Kasich’s ethically challenged Republican Chairman Matt Borges seriously. We don’t condone the alleged crimes in this case just like we don’t condone the crimes to which Borges pled guilty.”

Borges owed nearly a half a million dollars in back taxes at one point, but has paid the state taxes and is working on the federal taxes.

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