Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Ex-Comptroller Pleads Guilty

  • Former City of Chicago Comptroller Amer Ahmad pleaded guilty Monday to being part of a large kickback and money-laundering scheme when he was Ohio’s deputy state treasurer — crimes for which he’ll face up to 15 years in prison.

    Ahmad also agreed pay $3.2 million in restitution, according to his plea agreement, which he entered during a 45-minute hearing in U.S. District Court in Cincinnati.

    Ahmad, 38, of Chicago, pleaded guilty to conspiracy and bribery for using his Ohio government position to secure “lucrative state business” for his high school classmate and financial adviser, Douglas Hampton, “in exchange for payments” to himself and others, according to his plea agreement.

    Those crimes occurred before Ahmad joined Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration in April 2011. An investigation by an outside law firm hired by City Hall to review Ahmad’s conduct here revealed no criminal wrongdoing by Ahmad or his staff.
It's not like this investigation just "popped up" out of nowhere. We suppose everyone in Rahm's cabinet just assumed what Ahmad was doing was business-as-usual in Chicago, so how could it be wrong anywhere else.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

How cute...
Rahm is conveniently on a "trade mission" in China and unavailable for comment.

Rahm is a cowardly shit-ass...
He runs from interviewers asking hard and pointy questions and he gets the heads up to get the fuck out of dodge when the "fully vetted" former city comptroller pleads guilty.

This little tip-toeing maniac does more running from shit where doesn't control the narrative than j-fled ran from gunfire.

When the fort is about to be overrun, Rahm will be poked from under a bed at bayonet point while disguised in women's clothing.

12/24/2013 12:13:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And rhams in China so he can't field any questions. Coincidence?

12/24/2013 12:26:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And, taking a page from Richie Daley's book, Emanuel is literally on the other side of the world when the news breaks.

12/24/2013 12:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just because he was under investigation it is not evidence of actual criminal wrongdoing. After all, republicans are always investigating innocent democrats about something or other.

12/24/2013 12:34:00 AM  
Anonymous xcop7903 said...

An "outside law firm hired by city hall" is not an "outside" law firm. Who they BSin'?

12/24/2013 01:13:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The corruption is so wide and deep in Chicago, cook, Illinois that it will never be over come.
Indeed, it is taking over the rest of the nation.

12/24/2013 02:07:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In shitcago politics... if you're crooked, you're the one for the job.

12/24/2013 02:26:00 AM  
Anonymous Rahm said...

Who had said sump'n?
O_o?

Rahm is rather conveniently indisposed in China.

There ain't shit by happenstance or coincidence with these thieving-assed, broken moral compass, spineless m/fers.

How is that white-washed investigation into whether this asshole was able to steal money in Chicago beside his too generous salary?

Who else in this administration will be shown to be dirty?

12/24/2013 02:52:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Such a shame. When we could be using this as fuel in our contract talks, FOP must remain silent because of our leadership troubles. Another lost opportunity. Rahm can't wait for the next police scandal though.

12/24/2013 07:02:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Just because he was under investigation it is not evidence of actual criminal wrongdoing. After all, republicans are always investigating innocent democrats about something or other.

12/24/2013 12:34:00 AM


He pleaded guilty. Is that enough evidence of guilt? Him saying he is guilty. that is.

12/24/2013 07:41:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just A Citizen says: There are no coincidences. Rhambolia knew exactly who this guy was. What a douch.

12/24/2013 07:44:00 AM  
Anonymous SurvivalAndProsperity.com said...

"'Is it troubling? The answer is, 'no.' We still have a very strong bond rating. Our fiscal position is getting better every year and we are aggressively managing our liabilities and obligations,' City Comptroller Amer Ahmad said Friday, the same day that Moody's Investor's Service downgraded $6.8 billion in O'Hare Airport bonds."

-Fran Spielman, Chicago Sun-Times, July 22, 2012. Chicago's bond rating was subsequently downgraded by major credit rating agencies, and the City's long-term debt grew from around $27 billion that July to nearly $29 billion by July 2013, or $10,780 for every city resident ($780 more per Chicagoan in just one year).

12/24/2013 08:30:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You can't control an innocent person with no dirt on them, so it only makes sense to hire the people you know you can count on to keep their mouths shut for fear of the Penitentiary.

12/24/2013 09:03:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

highly unlikely that this shitbag didn't have his paws in the pudding while he was here--- independent audit my ass, once a crook always a crook--- they didn't look hard enough to find out what he was stealing....

12/24/2013 09:19:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Isn't it convenient that this comes down as Mayor assbag is in China for an alleged business trip?!? Also convenient how immediately following his "business" trip in China, he will join his family in Indonesia for family vacation. You can rest assured that he piggy backed this trip with the China trip so that you and I the taxpayers can pay for that as well!

12/24/2013 09:21:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2013/12/23/california-judgerulessanjosespublicpensionscantbecut.html

San Jose California's unions win in court. Look up above link.

12/24/2013 09:24:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ahmad probably included his kickback and money laundering schemes on the resume he submitted for his city of Chicago job.
Rahm read it and called this guy a 'natural' and hired him for da' job.
Apparently, the outside law firm hired by City Hall to review Ahmad's background likewise concluded that he'd fit right in with the "Chicago Way."
Fortunately, the U.S. District Attorney in Cincinnati who plays by the rules of law, saw otherwise.
Buh-bye, Amer.
Hopefully, Bobby Rush will join you soon.

12/24/2013 09:25:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is going to be Daley III, remember how all those Daleyites ended up going to prison, but Daley knew nothing? In the Police Dept. alone there was: Acosta, Burge and Harris, all of them Exempts, but Daley knew nothing of their corruption. Wow, Rahm is about to do the same.

12/24/2013 09:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well it does make him qualified!

12/24/2013 09:35:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Blago's excuse was "it's business as usual",
Beavers said " it's our turn".
How does one get $3 mil to pay restitution,
campaign war chest like JJJr?
Or will Ahmad opt for Rahm's E-Z Payment Option...
$2.00 a month?
(As for Rahm, counting his cut of Daley's money in China, then on the way to visit the Hawaiian presidents family in Indoesian.)

12/24/2013 09:37:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rahm Emanuel is a vile, disgusting, insecurity riddled little man trying to live up to the fucked up shit he heard at the dinner table while growing up.

Take a step back and look long and hard at the Emanuel Boys...

They're all unhinged...

12/24/2013 09:38:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"They're all unhinged..."

and they somehow managed to insert themselves into the national body politic to set and dictate whatever hateful, anti-American, anti-working man who actually makes up the bedrock of this nation.

If people were as smart about what the Emauels are doing as they are about having an opinion about Coppers being over paid, over pensioned, underworked, fat, lazy, too eager to reap accolades and having the nerve to not be more accomodating, quiet and servant-like?

They would be GRAVELY concerned about the fate of this nation and the great and wonderful things about the very ideal of American Exceptionalism... Flaws and all.

Nothing more dagerous than this ilk with an "idea" on how to "fix" things... Their ideas and ideals are drawn from the same poison well of water.

"Well... All of you have to drink it. We don't because we're smarter than you rabble."

Get it?

12/24/2013 09:54:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Shields said that he thought Ahmad was doing a good job as comptroller. We all heard it at a FOP meeting last year.

12/24/2013 10:21:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As usual rahm the coward runs away!

12/24/2013 12:02:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another high Chicago official headed to prison.
Yet another democrat off the streets. Does Rahm even know an yone who is honest?

12/24/2013 12:37:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The democrat scumbags who bankrupted our city are now actually running the country and well on the way to bankrupting the USA

12/24/2013 12:46:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cut Salaries, Not Pensions in San Jose, Judge Rules

By NORIMITSU ONISHI and RICK LYMAN
SAN FRANCISCO — California law prohibits the City of San Jose from reducing the pensions of city employees, even though the reductions had been approved by voters, but it can cut its workers’ salaries to pay for higher retirement costs, under a judge’s ruling that was released Monday.

12/24/2013 01:18:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

New D.S.S. order is out.

The DSS will work in the old desk sergeants space at the front desk.
He will ONLY be a sergeant so the city has found a way to fuck the Sgts out of grade pay.

The DSS will still do all the approving of arrest reports, inventories etc.

HOWEVER, NOW the field sergeants will handle roll call.

The "W.O.L." - Watch Operations Lieutenant will sit in the old watch commanders office and basically call the shots for the watch.. he will be responsible for the watch assignments for the period and to make sure the sergeants don't kick each others asses. (I'm serious... it's happened in some districts already!)

The lieutenant can also go on the street and basically just get lost... I am sure he or she will come in late and leave when they want.

If their is no lieutenant available for the day, they will just go without one and call the commander or X.O. when the sergeants start fighting.

The desk sergeant will be xx01

The Watch Operation Lieutenant (if you can find him) will be xx99

The lieutenant is once again the best job on the department.

New Orders:

Go to:

http://directives.chicagopolice.org/directives/

click on orders which have come out on 12/23/2013

12/24/2013 02:54:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sgt snd lt list out congrats..

12/24/2013 03:02:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

he controls the local media

12/24/2013 03:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a terrible joke!

12/24/2013 03:41:00 PM  
Blogger The Keesing Bandit said...

No trial so we will never learn the real truth.

12/24/2013 04:46:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank God Matt Cline made lieutenant! I was beginning to think McCarthy was promoting based on merit!!!

12/24/2013 05:20:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rham is a elitist prick...

12/24/2013 05:45:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The desk sergeant will be xx01

-------------------

Make that the DSS will be xx01

The Watch Operation Lieutenant (if you can find him) will be xx99

12/24/2013 09:52:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How much longer are these new yuck going continue throwing shit against the wall in hope some would finally stick?

12/24/2013 11:52:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Isn't it convenient that this comes down as Mayor assbag is in China for an alleged business trip?!? Also convenient how immediately following his "business" trip in China, he will join his family in Indonesia for family vacation. You can rest assured that he piggy backed this trip with the China trip so that you and I the taxpayers can pay for that as well!

12/24/2013 09:21:00 AM

The taxpayers helped to pay for his trip to China and all other associated costs, which got him most of the way to the vacation spot. He only has to pay to go the additional two thousand miles.

(Found this on a quick search: "World Business Chicago is paying for Emanuel's trip, Hamilton said. The group, which gets some of its funding from the city, is a nonprofit that Emanuel chairs. The group aims to lead the city's business development efforts.

Hamilton and a World Business Chicago spokeswoman said they did not have cost estimates for the trip.

Joining Emanuel is Michael Sacks, leader of a Chicago hedge fund and a major fundraiser for the mayor. Sacks, who is vice chairman of World Business Chicago...")

Now, if he's smart (and we know he plays every angle), he meets with one local mayor, or tours one local business, at the vacation spot, and - voila! - he deducts the cost of the 'vacation' as a business expense on his taxes.

12/25/2013 11:17:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

One question for Emanuel. Why Indonesia?

Is there some personal business that needs to be taken care of in Indonesia, where Obama spent his four years of his youth? Or was Rahm just so intrigued by Barry's stories about his time in Indonesia that Rahm just had to see it in person?

12/25/2013 11:22:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Was Ferguson's Deputy of Investigations Celia Meza incharged of investigating comptroller? The one that puts lies in her bio like, Celia Meza worked for a health care billing company the bio states! But she forgets to add. Celia Meza was escorted out by security officers. Investigate the investigator! The people of chicago deserve better.

12/25/2013 12:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Was Ferguson's Deputy of Investigations Celia Meza incharged of investigating comptroller? The one that puts lies in her bio like, Celia Meza worked for a health care billing company the bio states! But she forgets to add. Celia Meza was escorted out by security officers. Investigate the investigator! The people of chicago deserve better.

12/25/2013 12:11:00 PM
Yep. And then Celia went to CTA to "hide out there" and then got her mom a job at CTA after she left. Her mommy worked with the now indicted ex-Mayor of Detroit. The IGO stooped to new lows with Meza. But Ferguson needed to hire a minority woman since Mary Hodge retired.

12/25/2013 01:45:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Omg! If its the same Celia Meza thats related to EOIG Ricardo Meza she did get escorted out of health care billing company called Prime Source. She did get into it with Exelon as well and got a Severance Package from Exelon she does not mention them at all nor CTA. Can that woman keep a job? Great job Ferguson picked a real winner.

12/25/2013 02:20:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

While Eddie Compass was Superintendent of the New Orleans Police Dept, it was exposed in a Civil Service Commission hearing in New Orleans = Eddie Compass as the Commander of the First District - had harassed, intimidated and fired police officers who refused to alter or destroy police reports - that Compass claimed he needed to win a Crimefighting Award so he could become Police Chief. Mayor Ray Nagin ignored the fact that Eddie Compass as Commander of First District - had forced police officer to alter police reports to downgrade felonies by repeat offenders to be misdemeanors.
Instead of Mayor Nagin demanding the immediate Resignation of Eddie Compass, the police officers who wanted their jobs back for being unjustly terminated - were placed under a Gag order - and Nagin gave a Big Dinner for Compass, sweeping this SCANDAL under the rug. It also caused the gangs in New Orleans and repeat offenders to have a field day.

12/26/2013 08:55:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
"Just because he was under investigation it is not evidence of actual criminal wrongdoing...."

*
That must mean the case was not fixed yet. Too much against him made his plead guilty - to save the heads and faces of the people behind what he was doing. It was not as if he was being investigated for selling a car that was a lemon. He was being investigated for playing funny-w- the money. So, Rahm Emmanuel as Mayor of Chicago hires him to handle money? Wow!

12/26/2013 09:00:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rahm Emmanuel was a board member during the embezzlement schemes at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

Obama received the highest amount in campaign contributions from FM &FM - and acquired this amount in less than a four-year period.

The Obama Administration has scrubbed from the internet, ALL vidoes w Democrats in their own words - obstructing the audit of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac - during the time that Franklin Raines was CEO.

Franklin Raines became Obama's Economic Advisor.

12/26/2013 09:08:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"One question for Emanuel. Why Indonesia?"

12/25/2013 11:22:00 AM

Indonesia is a totalitarian state so Rahm will fit right in.

Yeah... Public flogging for spitting gum on the street/sidewalk and other strange notions but their government is evil, repressive and known for killing people who dissent...

Rahm's little pee-pee is hard as a diamond over the funny ideas he's itching to bring back and unleash on Chicago...

12/26/2013 11:51:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RatowitzrCelia Meza also got her buddy Miriam Ratowitz a job at CTA and Celia was in the interviewing panel and they Both Celia and Miriam denied knowing each other. But if you look at Celia Meza house address records of deeds it shows Miriam Ratowits public notary stamp on her, is public record. Also Miriam was busted for human trafficrking back in Alabama which troubles me because you see! If you have a felony in Alabama how the heck you become a pubic notarizer in the state of Illinois!

12/27/2013 06:10:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If that is true, about the public notary I will be very, very pissed off. Does the City run background check on Public Notary applicant?

Shame of you State of Illinois!!

Shame on you!

12/28/2013 02:44:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Claypool are you paying attention? No wonder Ventra was such a mess.

12/28/2013 02:46:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow! We need the Federal goverment involved if Springfield and the city of Chicago can't handle there own duties.


"Ferguson and Rahm DO NOT want Shakman"
But the people under them are Shackman Kings and Queens.

Please save the city and the state from cons that are working for someone else and NOT the People of Illinois nor the gov. And proclaim that they are officials.

cells for

12/31/2013 02:06:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I get it now! Celia Meza tried getting her younger brother Danny Meza a job in CTA back in January 2013 but CTA said NO is a conflict of intrest and he's also a felon.

Next thing you know CTA decided to be good and they had that wonderful "IDEA, the let's give felons a new chance program" then Celia brought her own felons like Miriam Ratowitz and now they shut down the program and kept there felon friends inCTA and even promoted some of them..Claypool come on it was never about helping felons it was the only way you guys tricked us to get your felon buddies IN "right"..Right!

1/07/2014 08:00:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sun-Times article states"City spend $825,000.00
On investigation of comptroller to find out he didn't steal a dime"... That is a lie the outside firm that was hired to investigate is good friends with Rahm and Comptoller. So if you do the math they did steal the money. They just did it the legal way. Wake the eff-up people!..
These crooks are getting smater and smater while we keep getting tickets,losing jobs and our homes these faks get richer and richer!

1/11/2014 09:20:00 AM  

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