Two charged in Evanston Link Card fraud case

Usama Bawazir and Jennifer Mahmoud

Evanston Police have now charged two people in connection with Thursday's Link card fraud raid on two businesses at Church and Dodge.
Usama Bawazir, the manager of the A.J. Mini-Mart at 1901 Church St. and the A.J. Wireless store around the corner at 1700 Dodge Ave., and his girlfriend, Jennifer M. Mahmoud, an employee of the A.J. stores, were both charged with public aid wire fraud and three counts of possession of stolen property.

Police Cmdr. Jay Parrott says the investigation revealed that Bawazir and Mahmoud on several occasions submitted illegitimate Link card transactions in exchange for cash.
Police also recovered 16 items of electronics that they believed to be stolen during the investigation.
Several owners of the stolen items have been identified and charges were filed involving three.

Bawazir, 27, and Mahmoud, 22, who live in Willowbrook, are scheduled to appear in Skokie district court at 9 a.m. May 22.