A Chicago comptroller involved in money laundering? Who would have ever believed it.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration on Monday produced a letter showing it knew about questions surrounding Amer Ahmad and a controversial government contract in Ohio before the mayor hired him as Chicago’s comptroller in April 2011.
The letter was released as the administration attempted to show how it vetted Ahmad, who pleaded not guilty Monday in federal court to a kickback scheme stemming from his tenure as Ohio’s deputy treasurer. Ahmad, 38, abruptly resigned from his City Hall job nearly a month ago. The administration has said Emanuel didn’t know about Ahmad’s federal problems until the former aide was indicted last week.
Ahmad and his lobbyist friend Mohammed Noure Alo entered not guilty pleas in federal court in Columbus, Ohio, to charges that they and two others conspired to direct state investing work to one of them in exchange for kickbacks between 2009 and 2011. The charges are not related to the 2010 banking contract.
When Amer Ahmad abruptly resigned as city comptroller about three weeks ago, Mayor Rahm Emanuel heaped praise on his hand-picked aide for helping him “reform government” in Chicago.
He’s a reformer which is Chicagoese for really big crook. But what does Ahmad do when he’s not laundering money?
Ahmad also was a favored speaker at the 2010 meeting of Council for the Advancement of Muslim Professionals. CAMP as it is called is one of those other organizations funded by the mostly peaceful and secular Muslim Brotherhood.
Meet the new Chicago way where Jihad and corruption come together like toxic waste and gang violence.