COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Federal authorities say an Ohio attorney and lobbyist has pleaded guilty to his role in a kickback scheme at the state treasurer's office in which a former deputy treasurer also has been charged.
Mohammed Noure Alo (nor AL'-oh) entered his plea to a wire fraud charge on Friday in U.S. District Court. The 35-year-old Alo faces up to 20 years in prison.
Alo admitted that between January 2009 and January 2011 he conspired with his friend Amer Ahmad (ah-MEHR' ah-MED') and others to use Ahmad's role as Ohio's then-deputy treasurer to direct state brokerage services to a Canton-based broker in exchange for more than $123,000 in personal payments.
Ahmad was indicted on fraud, money laundering, conspiracy and other charges in August. He has pleaded not guilty. His trial begins in March.