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He made it through the TSA checkpoints and database to get caught in Pakistan, when the Pakistanis ran a google search on him.

Via Chicago Tribune

Former Chicago Comptroller Amer Ahmad has been taken into custody in Pakistan, where he apparently fled ahead of his sentencing in a federal fraud case in Ohio.

Dr. Usman Anwar, director of Pakistan’s Federal Investigation Agency in Punjab province said today that Ahmad was arrested at Lahore airport when he was trying to enter the country using a forged Mexican passport with a forged Pakistani visa.

“Our officers at the airport found that his passport and visa were forged. We also recovered his original American passport which he tried to hide. Then we searched his history on Google and found that he was guilty of fraud in US and wanted (by the) FBI,” Anwar said. “We have arrested him under (a) passport and visa fraud case which carries a punishment of seven years of imprisonment in Pakistan.”

Ahmad’s apprehension comes a week after Ahmad’s wife filed a request for an order of protection in Cook County Court in which she alleged he was seeking a fake passport to go to Pakistan.

The U.S. Marshals Service announced last week they were looking for Ahmad on an arrest warrant for violating terms of bail in the case, in which he pleaded guilty to participating in a kickback scheme during his time as deputy state treasurer in Ohio prior to being hired by Mayor Rahm Emanuel as Chicago comptroller in 2011.

Asked about his former aide’s arrest Wednesday, Mayor Rahm Emanuel said he has been too busy with other issues to spend much time thinking about it.

“I’ve got to be honest, sorry about this, but let me give you this sense of reaction: I was thinking about plastic bags before Amer. I was thinking about petcoke regulations before Amer. I was thinking about how proud we all are of the Whitney Young basketball team, of their accomplishments on the court and in the classroom,” Emanuel said. “That all came before that, so, gives you some sense of perspective on it.”

Ahmad’s attorney declined Tuesday to comment on reports of Ahmad’s apprehension. According to the docket in his federal case in Ohio, on March 13 Ahmad was granted an extension until April 22 to file objections to his pre-sentence report.

The U.S. Attorney’s office for the Southern District of Ohio sought an arrest warrant for Ahmad last Thursday based on what office spokesman Fred Alverson said was “credible evidence that Mr. Ahmad had violated conditions of his supervised release.” A federal judge in Ohio signed the warrant Friday, and U.S. marshals began searching for Ahmad.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Douglas Squires, who has worked on the Ahmad fraud case in Ohio, declined to comment on reports he had been apprehended in Pakistan.

In a request for an order of protection she filed last Thursday in Cook County court, Ahmad’s wife, Samar Ahmad, said Amer Ahmad called her Wednesday and told her to get him a fake birth certificate from Pakistan so he could get a passport. When she refused, Samar Ahmed said her husband “became irate and threatened that if I didn’t do this he intimated that he would ruin or hurt me,” according to the court document.

Samar Ahmed also said in the written request that she was “very concerned” her husband “will kidnap our children and take them to Pakistan.”

“He believes that (he) is not guilty (and) deserves a life with the children and repeatedly gets very angry if I say anything, abusive and slapped me when we had gotten into an argument and he became irrationally angry,” the request for an order of protection reads.

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