The owner of a rooftop club across the street from Wrigley Field has been indicted on federal fraud charges for not paying about $600,000 owed to the Cubs as well as state and local taxing bodies, the U.S. attorney's office announced Friday.
R. Marc Hamid, 46, is accused of under-reporting attendance and revenue at the Skybox on Sheffield between 2008 and 2011, according to an indictment handed down Thursday.
If he'd been a big banker or some other big shot, prosecution would have been deferred. Since he was a relatively little guy who defrauded a big company, he will be treated like a regular person.
It's not that I'm against prosecution of the little guy. Fraud is fraud. I'm against the nearly automatic deferred prosecution of those behind crimes when they occur at big companies.
Backstory: the rooftop owners are locked in a legal wrangle with the owners of the Cubs.