COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A defense attorney says a former Ohio deputy treasurer accused in a bribery and money laundering scheme will plead not guilty in federal court Monday.
A federal grand jury in Columbus indicted Amer Ahmad on charges including money laundering, wire fraud, conspiracy to launder money, bribery and making false statements. Ahmad served as top deputy when Democrat Kevin Boyce was state treasurer.
Attorney W. Kelly Johnson said Friday that Ahmad will plead not guilty to all charges.
The grand jury also indicted Columbus attorney and bank lobbyist Mohammed Noure Alo (NOR'-ee AL'-oh) on conspiracy and other charges. Alo's attorney didn't return calls for comment.
Ahmad's relationship to Alo figured heavily in the 2010 treasurer race, which Boyce lost to Republican Josh Mandel.
Ahmad later served as Chicago's comptroller.