Wife Claims Ex-Ohio Official Sought Fake Birth Certificate
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – An Ohio ex-deputy treasurer demanded that his wife get him a fake birth certificate from Pakistan for a passport and threatened to harm her when she refused, according to a request for a protective order she filed.
Amer Ahmad has also been verbally and physically abusive, according to the request by Samar Ahmad, who says in the filing she is worried he will kidnap their children and take them to Pakistan.
“He believes that he is not guilty and deserves a life with the children and repeatedly gets very angry if I say anything,” according to Samar Ahmad’s filing in the domestic violence division in Cook County Circuit Court in Chicago on Thursday. The filing lists three children.
Amer Ahmad has tried to run over his wife and her father with a car before, the filing said.
On Friday, the day after Samar Ahmad’s filing, federal prosecutors issued an arrest warrant for Amer Ahmad, who pleaded guilty in December to federal charges in a kickback scheme.
The warrant was issued after prosecutors received information that he violated terms of his release.
Amer Ahmad, 39, faces up to 15 years in prison for bribery and conspiracy. He was released on bail until he could be sentenced but surrendered his passport. Ahmad resigned as Chicago’s comptroller last year.
A message seeking comment was left Monday with Ahmad’s attorney, Karl Schneider, and with Samar Ahmad.
Schneider filed a motion March 11 asking for more time to submit objections to a pre-sentence investigation report. U.S. District Court Judge Michael Watson had given him until Tuesday.
The December plea came days after Ahmad’s friend Mohammed Noure Alo, a Columbus attorney and lobbyist also charged in the scheme, pleaded guilty to a wire fraud charge.
Between 2009 and January 2011, Ahmad, Alo and others conspired to use Ahmad’s role then as deputy state treasurer to direct state brokerage services to Canton-based broker Doug Hampton, who returned more than $500,000 to them in payments, according to court documents.
Ahmad and Joseph Chiavaroli, of Chicago, hid such payments using the accounts of a landscaping business in which the two had ownership interests, according to prosecutors.
Hampton and Chiavaroli pleaded guilty last year.