COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Then-Ohio Treasurer Kevin Boyce learned just after losing the 2010 election that a top aide was under federal investigation yet proceeded to recommend the man for a job with the city of Chicago, public documents show.
Boyce's former deputy treasurer, Amer Ahmad, was charged last week with conspiracy and wire fraud in an alleged kickback scheme along with Mohammed Noure Alo, a Columbus attorney and bank lobbyist. Ahmad also was charged with money laundering, conspiracy to launder money, bribery and making false statements.
Both men have pleaded not guilty to all charges.
Boyce, a Columbus Democrat now serving as a representative in the Ohio House, described himself last week as "shocked and forever stunned" by details of the indictment of Ahmad.
But Ohio Republican Party Chairman Matt Borges said Monday that new revelations regarding the timeline of the investigation raise questions about Boyce's surprised reaction.
"For three years he has been silent, he's been lying by omission on this particular issue, and then last week when asked to give a comment on it, it was a lie of commission and now he's just being dishonest," Borges said.
Boyce did not immediately return a phone message Monday seeking comment.
Ahmad was under investigation five months before Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel hired him as the city's comptroller in April 2011, The Chicago Tribune reported Saturday. Boyce had recommended Ahmad for the job.
That timeline was revealed in an Ohio Treasurer's Office memo released to some news outlets late last week and provided to The Associated Press on Monday by the administration of current Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel.
It indicates Boyce became aware the Federal Bureau of Investigation was investigating Ahmad around Nov. 16, 2010. That was days after Boyce had lost the election to Mandel.
A memo from Boyce's general counsel at the time, Theresa L. Carter, said a "very comprehensive" subpoena was delivered about two months later, on Jan. 4, 2011.
As Ahmad sought the Chicago comptroller job, Boyce provided a positive review, according to information from Emanuel's office.
Emanuel, then mayor-elect, was praised by the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce in April 2011 for his new financial team. Among endorsements was one from Boyce.
"Amer Ahmad will be a tremendous addition to the Emanuel administration," he was quoted as saying. "As deputy treasurer and chief financial officer within my administration, he oversaw the state's $10 billion-dollar fixed income portfolio and $150 billion-dollar pension fund custodial agreements. His financial skills are unmatched and his dedication to public service unrivaled. I am certain that the City of Chicago will enhanced by the tenure of his service."
Ahmad quit his job as comptroller ahead of last week's indictments, saying he was pursuing an opportunity in the private sector.