Ex-Ohio deputy treasurer indicted in bribery case

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A former Ohio deputy treasurer and a Columbus lawyer have been indicted on charges alleging they engaged in a bribery scheme during the tenure of then-Treasurer Kevin Boyce.

A federal grand jury Thursday indicted Boyce deputy Amer Ahmad on numerous charges including money laundering. Attorney and bank lobbyist Mohammed Noure Alo (NOR’-ee AL’-oh) has been indicted on conspiracy and other charges.

Ahmad’s relationship to Alo figured heavily in the 2010 treasurer race, which the Democrat Boyce lost to Republican Josh Mandel.

A Mandel ad and Republican mailers questioned the relationship between the two. It emphasized the lobbyist’s first name, Mohammed, and suggested he and Boyce attended the same mosque, though Boyce is Christian. Alo and Ahmad are Muslim. Mandel is Jewish.

Attorneys for Ahmad and Alo haven’t returned requests for comment.

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