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Chicago's Most Wanted: Ahmed Fa Albalwneh

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

There's a saying that it's better to give than to receive, but the FBI says a businessman turned that mantra upside down to make his company all about the taking.

The FBI says Ahmed Fa Albalwneh is a 44-year-old Jordanian limo driver who lived in the Chicago Ridge and Alsip areas.

In 2007 he was indicted on Credit Card Fraud and Bank Fraud charges, accused of stealing credit card numbers and using them to run up thousands of dollars in fraudulent charges.

According to a federal indictment, Albalwneh worked with two accomplices and established Ridge Gift Shop from his apartment on 106th Street in Chicago Ridge. However, agents say the gift shop never really existed - it was a business in name only and conducted no legitimate business, and generated no legitimate income.

Agents say the defendants in this case used the phony gift shop to obtain a credit card processing machine and used the stolen credit card numbers to run up thousands of dollars in charges, and then deposited the money into the business account. This fraudulently inflated account was then used to pass bad checks at four area banks. This scheme is commonly referred to as check kiting.

While Albalwneh's accomplices were convicted and sentenced for their role in the fraud, Albalwneh has never appeared to face the charges against him. The investigation led agents to believe that at some point prior to the filing of the charges, he left the United States and traveled to Amman, Jordan, where he has family.

While there's a strong chance that Albalwneh remains in Jordan, the FBI is not limiting its search. Agents believe Albalwneh may have plans to return to the Chicago area because he had friends and associates here.

Agents hope with this profile, a Fox 32 viewer or web user will provide credible information on Albawneh's whereabouts.

Here is the FBI's description of Ahmed Fa Albalwneh:

--White male


--About 160 pounds

--He had brown hair

--Brown eyes

He is considered a danger to the community, if you see him call police.

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