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Chicago, the Shame of a Nation

April 28th, 2014 - 7:47 am

It should come as a surprise to just about nobody that Chicago is the most corrupt big city in America, and long has been. The setting for the godfather of all gangster movies – Scarface, the Shame of a Nation, starring Paul Muni as a thinly disguised Al Capone, directed by Howard Hawks — Chicago has flaunted its outlaw status in the country’s face for nearly a century. And continues to do so, now that one of its own occupies the White House.

Consider this news item, which got no play in the national media beyond the Windy City, whose newspapers have long understood the criminal nature of their municipal government — even if, in the grand tradition of Jake Lingle, they occasionally act as incubators for members of the party. It seems that the former city comptroller, Amer Ahmad — a convicted criminal nonetheless hired by mayor Rahm Emanuel to oversee the city’s finances– is now on the lam; hardly a surprise coming from adherents of the criminal organization masquerading as a political party.

Facing up to 15 years in prison and stripped of his U.S. passport, Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s former city comptroller ordered his wife this week “to get him a fake birth certificate from Pakistan for a passport,” according to court records obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times. Now, Amer Ahmad is on the lam, and a judge issued a warrant Friday for his arrest…

Ahmad — who has continued to live in Chicago since resigning from his $165,000-a-year City Hall post last summer — pleaded guilty in December to being part of a large kickback and money-laundering scheme when he was Ohio’s deputy state treasurer.

The crimes occurred before Ahmad joined Emanuel’s administration in April 2011. An outside investigation that City Hall commissioned to review Ahmad’s conduct revealed no criminal wrongdoing by Ahmad or his staff. That investigation cost Chicago taxpayers $825,000.

Left unanswered is why Ahmad was hired in the first place to mind the city’s money. But don’t worry — he didn’t cost Chicagoans one red cent!

Chicago taxpayers spent $825,000 to find out that Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s now-convicted former City Comptroller Amer Ahmad did not cost them a penny beyond his $165,000-a-year salary. The $825,000 was paid to the law firm of Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP and the accounting firm of Grant Thornton for a 47-page report that concluded that Ahmad did not defraud cash-strapped Chicago as he did in Ohio…

An embarrassed Emanuel flatly denied that he should have known about Ahmad’s alleged wrongdoing in Ohio and promised an exhaustive investigation — with Inspector General Joe Ferguson and Corporation Counsel Stephen Patton overseeing the forensic audit.

Ahmad’s arrest warrant is here. [UPDATE: He's been apprehended in Pakistan, after sneaking across the U.S.-Mexican border on foot.]

Ahmad was raised in Ohio by Pakistani immigrant parents. After his guilty plea, Ahmad remained free on bail but surrendered his passport. Though his sentencing date hasn’t been set, he faces up to 15 years in prison and has agreed to pay $3.2 million in restitution. Ahmad had been a rising star in the Emanuel administration before abruptly resigning last summer, saying he wanted to seek a job in the private sector…

Ahmad pleaded guilty in December to federal conspiracy and bribery charges, admitting he used his Ohio government position to secure “lucrative state business” for Douglas Hampton — his high school classmate and financial adviser — “in exchange for payments” to himself and others.

In his plea agreement, Ahmad said Hampton made secret payments to him, and, as Ohio’s deputy treasurer, he steered state securities brokerage work to Hampton. Prosecutors said Ahmad and a business partner — Joseph M. Chiavaroli, also of Chicago — hid those payments by passing them through an Ohio landscaping company they owned.

Interestingly, there’s somebody named “Mohammed” involved in this story as well. And who is he? According to his indictment, he’s an immigration lawyer who last December pleaded guilty to federal charges of “aiding and abetting honest services wire fraud” as part of the general indictment of Ahmad et al. for bribery and money laundering.

Hampton also funneled cash to Mohammed Noure Alo, an attorney, lobbyist and close friend of Ahmad from Columbus. Altogether, Hampton got about $3.2 million in commissions for 360 trades on behalf of the Ohio state treasurer’s office. Ahmad and his co-conspirators — who have all pleaded guilty — got more than $500,000 from Hampton, according to prosecutors.

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...and then back as untraceable Obama campaign contributions....
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"It should come as a surprise to just about nobody that Chicago is the most corrupt big city in America"

Now Chicago may be in second place, but the most corrupt big city in America is certainly Imperial City DC. All other American cities pale by comparison.

It could probably be shown by facts and figures that there is no native American criminal class ... ... except for congress (and members of the Obama misadministration and "K street"). - Mark Twain
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Chicago: Butch hogger of the world.

As the Left has taught us, words are far more important than deeds.

And votes most important of all. And people vote for this. They know what they're getting.
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With all due respect to Mr. Walsh, I have to disagree.

Barack Obama is the shame of the nation, unless you are of a mind to blame him on the citizens who elected him, in which case our fellow citizens, dead and alive, are the shame of the nation.
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Chicago, Illinois
Chicago, D.C.
Chicago, U.S.A.
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More shame from Imperial City DC, again leaving Chicago in the dust.

Harry "Sticky Fingers" Greed [http://toprightnews.com/?p=2561]

A Utah businessman is rocking both state and national politics after claiming Utah Attorney General John Swallow helped him broker a deal with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to make a federal investigation into his company quietly disappear, the Salt Lake Tribune reports.

Jeremy Johnson was allegedly told that the price would be $600,000, and claims to have made an initial payment of $250,000 when he was slapped with a federal lawsuit. Now he says he wants his money back.

The Salt Lake Tribune points out that Johnson has no way of knowing whether the funds actually made it to Reid, even if he did make a massive payment to Reid’s alleged intermediary.

The Salt Lake Tribune continues, explaining how the bribe supposedly came to be in 2010:

At the time, Johnson was largely known in Utah as a wealthy philanthropist who spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to ferry supplies into Haiti after the devastating 2010 earthquake.

Then, with the FTC investigation continuing, Johnson said Swallow suggested Reid could make problems with regulators go away — for a price.

“I said, ‘OK, what do I need to do?’ He’s like, ‘OK, it costs money,’ ” Johnson said, who claimed Swallow was adamant he make a deal.

“I think he told me, ‘Richard Rawle has a connection with Harry Reid,’ ” Johnson said.

He said Swallow at first wanted $2 million to enlist Reid’s help. But [his company] I Works was no longer profitable and he did not have the money, Johnson said, so they eventually agreed on $300,000 upfront and $300,000 later.
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This is a Utah story. Doesn't really prove your thesis.
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Don't take me wrong. I'm not really knocking your story, I'm just frying other fish.
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And why would Chicago be the shame of the nation? Did the rest of the nation, in contrast to deciding who was elected to go to Imperial City DC, have any hand in choosing anyone in office there?
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It should be a nation wide story and Harry Reid is a U.S. Senator, and U.S Senate Majority Leader to boot. and the Senate is in Imperial City DC, not in Utah, nor in Chicago. And this is just another example of how far Imperial City DC's tentacles of corruption go. Chicago's corruption is mostly localized and Chicago is a piker by contrast.
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Rahm just showing the values that he thinks are important, the ability to commit fraud, hiding the facts from others, deception, criminal behavior.

So glad that Rahm told us that Chick-fil-a doesn't have chicago values, and shouldn't be in his city.
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"It should come as a surprise to just about nobody that Chicago is the most corrupt big city in America"

Now Chicago may be in second place, but the most corrupt big city in America is certainly Imperial City DC. All other American cities pale by comparison.

It could probably be shown by facts and figures that there is no native American criminal class ... ... except for congress (and members of the Obama misadministration and "K street"). - Mark Twain
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I "wish" I could say I am surprised by this, but NOTHING illegal coming out of Chicago is surprising!!
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Can you imagine the columns by Mike Royko if he were still alive?
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Yeah, but Michael, look how much diversity Chicago bought with its affirmative-action hiring policies. /s
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Left unmentioned in this article, but relevant to the "shame of the nation" theme is how out of control the gang violence has become in this city. And make no mistake, there are many many connections between high ranking gang members and city aldermen, if not City Hall as well.

http://heyjackass.com/

http://secondcitycop.blogspot.com/
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I wonder if any of Ahmad and Alo's stolen money found its way overseas, to Pakistan or Afghanistan.
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...and then back as untraceable Obama campaign contributions....
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Or into a bank account in Doha where it'll be used to buy arms to kill our soldiers in Afghanistan, or materiel to build a rocket in Gaza.
29 weeks ago
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Chicago: Butch hogger of the world.

As the Left has taught us, words are far more important than deeds.

And votes most important of all. And people vote for this. They know what they're getting.
29 weeks ago
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And what their gonna get from people who DIDNT...

Straight into the Lime Pit, after a quick tap-dance on a stool JUST TALL ENOUGH to compensate for the stretch in the rope...

BRING IT!
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