8/16/2013 11:56:00 AM Chicago to audit finance dept. after former head is indicted
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago city leaders will review the last two years of activity in city’s Finance Department after its ex-comptroller was indicted in Ohio on charges of money laundering, bribery and public corruption, officials said.
Amer Ahmad, 38, was the former state deputy treasurer in Ohio before he began working for Chicago in 2011; he resigned last month. He and another man were indicted by a federal grand jury Thursday for crimes prosecutors say occurred in Ohio between 2009 and 2011.
“We have no reason to believe and have no knowledge of any such wrongdoing during his tenure in Chicago,” Sarah Hamilton, communications director for Mayor Rahm Emanuel, told the Chicago Sun-Times (http://bit.ly/15N4qt3 ) in a statement. “But we will take any action that is needed — including conducting a review of Finance Department activities over the last two years — to ensure that Chicago taxpayers are protected.”
Ahmad was indicted along with Mohammed Noure Alo, a Columbus, Ohio, attorney and bank lobbyist, on conspiracy and wire fraud charges. Ahmad also was charged with money laundering, conspiracy to launder money, bribery and making false statements.
Prosecutors say Ahmad, Alo, financial adviser Douglas E. Hampton and mortgage broker Joseph M. Chiavaroli conspired to use Ahmad’s position to secure lucrative state business.
In court documents, prosecutors say Ahmad funneled official broker services business from the state to Hampton in return for payments. Ahmad and Chiavaroli are accused of disguising those payments by passing them through a landscaping business.
His attorney has said that Ahmad will likely plead not guilty when he appears Monday in federal court.
Information from: Chicago Sun-Times, http://www.suntimes.com/index