Federal prosecutors have charged Hamid, an owner and operator of Skybox on Sheffield, with ripping off the Cubs, the city, Cook County and the state to the tune of at least $600,000. Hamid, 46, is charged with four counts of mail fraud.

Under an agreement with the Cubs, Hamid was supposed to provide the baseball club 17 percent of gross revenues annually. Skybox was also supposed to provide the Cubs with annual attendance figures. But for four years, beginning in 2008, Hamid took part in a scheme to submit false annual royalty statements to the Cubs and under-reported attendance figures. In total, Hamid allegedly under-reported gross revenues by about $1.5 million, according to the indictment.