|Ex-Ohio treasurer 'stunned' by deputy's indictment|
|Written by ANN SANNER, Associated Press|
|Wednesday, 21 August 2013 05:22|
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's former treasurer reacted Tuesday to the indictment of his top deputy in an alleged bribery scheme, shortly after the state Republican Party blasted the Democrat for being silent on the case.
Kevin Boyce lost his bid to keep the treasurer's office in a contentious race against Republican Josh Mandel in 2010. Boyce, of Columbus, currently serves in the Ohio House of Representatives.
A federal grand jury last week indicted Amer Ahmad, who had served as Boyce's deputy treasurer, and Mohammed Noure Alo, a Columbus 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.
Both men pleaded not guilty to all charges in federal court on Monday.
Boyce said Tuesday that any wrongdoing should be fully prosecuted.
"I remain shocked and forever stunned on the recently released details on the indictment of my former staff member," Boyce said in a brief written statement.
Prosecutors allege that between 2009 and 2011, Ahmad, Alo, financial adviser Douglas E. Hampton and mortgage broker Joseph M. Chiavaroli conspired to use Ahmad's position to enrich themselves and their businesses by securing lucrative state business.
According to the indictment, Ahmad would funnel 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 in which they owned a stake. Additionally, Hampton is accused of directing more than $123,000 to Alo, who is Ahmad's close friend and business associate.
Ahmad later served as Chicago's comptroller.
Earlier Tuesday, Ohio Republican Party Chairman Matt Borges had called on Boyce to respond to the case.
"For as far I know, he hasn't even condemned the actions," Borges said in a conference call with reporters. "He hasn't even expressed disappointment or shock or surprise. It's just been total radio silence from the Democrats, and I think it's time that they gave us some answers."
A spokesman for the Ohio Democratic Party seized on Borges' comments, using them as an opportunity to bring up the GOP chairman's 2004 conviction on misdemeanor misuse of public office, a charge later cleared from his record.
Democratic spokesman Jerid Kurtz said the party doesn't condone the alleged crimes in the case, "just like we don't condone the crimes to which Borges pled guilty."
Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.
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