COLUMBUS -- Ohio's ex-treasurer says he's shocked by the indictment of his former staffer in an alleged bribery scheme while in office.
Democrat Kevin Boyce lost his 2010 bid to keep the treasurer's office. He currently serves in the Ohio House of Representatives.
Amer Ahmad was Boyce's top deputy when he was treasurer.
Prosecutors allege Ahmad and others conspired to use Ahmad's position in Ohio to enrich themselves and their businesses by securing lucrative state business between 2009 and 2011.
The 38-year-old Ahmad has pleaded not guilty to all charges, including money laundering, wire fraud and bribery.
Boyce said in a written statement Tuesday that any wrongdoing should be fully prosecuted.
Ohio Republican Party Chairman Matt Borges had called on Boyce to say if he had a role.