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Arrest warrant issued for former Ohio deputy treasurer
North Canton native Amer Ahmad pleaded guilty in December to kickback scheme
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Amer Ahmad – a 1992 graduate of Hoover High School -- faces up to 15 years in prison for bribery and conspiracy
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An arrest warrant has been issued for a North Canton native who was formerly Ohio's deputy treasurer. WKSU's Kabir Bhatia reports.
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Amer Ahmad – a 1992 graduate of Hoover High School -- faces up to 15 years in prison for bribery and conspiracy, after pleading guilty in December to federal charges in a kickback scheme.

Now, federal prosecutors have issued an arrest warrant for Ahmad, after a tip that he violated terms of his release. He was out on bail but had surrendered his passport.

According to court records, Ahmad and others conspired to use his position to channel state business to a securities broker in return for kickbacks from 2009 to 2011. Prosecutors say the money was disguised through a landscaping business. Ahmad served under Democrat Kevin Boyce, who says he had no idea what Ahmad was up to while in office. The Ohio Democratic Party says it has no comment.

 After Republican Josh Mandel was elected treasurer in 2010, Ahmad became comptroller for the City of Chicago, but resigned last summer.
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