Owner of Company Behind Deadly NY Limo Crash Was FBI Informant

Elias Hubbard
October 11, 2018

Twenty people were killed in Saturday's crash, including the driver and two pedestrians.

The New York Post obtained Federal Department of Transportation records showing that Prestige Limousine service is owned by Shahed Hussain of Gaansevort.

"State police are working with federal and local authorities to investigate the crash, and I have directed state agencies to provide every resource necessary to aid in this investigation and determine what led to this tragedy", the governor continued.

Rochester's Democrat and Chronicle newspaper reported that Shahed Hussain owns Prestige Limousine, the livery company that failed multiple inspections before the fatal crash that killed 20 in Schoharie County on Saturday. He also said the driver did not have the right license to operate the vehicle.

Hussain and his wife previously lived at the motel but the manager, Arnie Cornett, on Monday said they were no longer living there when he moved in about 18 months ago. Furthermore, Abeling indicated that the group had originally rented a bus to take them to their destination, however, it broke down, which caused the transportation company to send a limo to take the group the rest of the way.

United States officials have also launched a criminal investigation into the accident and the firm's three remaining limousines have been seized by police. Critics said Hussain induced the men to plot the crimes by offering cash payments. I commend the first responders who arrived on the scene and worked through the night to help.

Authorities said Hussain, 62, is in his native Pakistan at present. According to the Times, the informant with the last name Hussain used the name Malik when working with the F.B.I.in the past.

All four were later convicted and sentenced to 25 years in prison. Aref was recently released, but remains in immigration detention pending his deportation to Iraq, according to the Times Union.

The attorneys for Aref and Mohammed Hossain, Terence L. Kindlon and Kevin Luibrand, respectively, had harsh words for the informant who helped convict their clients.

Calls to the limousine company rang unanswered Monday.

In one case, he helped convict men accused of plotting to bomb NY synagogues. As in the Albany case, Shahed Hussain posed as a wealthy businessman and befriended the men before implicating them in a terror plot.

Despite being exposed, Hussain never left the area, according to the Times Union. But Al-Akili said he quickly figured out Hussain's identity as an Federal Bureau of Investigation informant.

The four men were impoverished and had no links to global terrorist organizations. Al-Akili said he found the number and its connection to that case through a simple Internet search using Google. Earlier this week, the manager of the motel told local reporters that Mr Hussain now lived in Dubai.

The day-to-day operation of the company is overseen by Hussain's son, according to the paper, and police said that the former informant is now out of the country. Instead, he hunkered down, running a motel in the town of Wilton, and eventually opening up his limo business, which he ran for a time out of the back of the motel, before regulators forced the business to relocate, the Times Union reports. The national average is 20 percent.

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