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Posted 09 October 2018 - 09:54 AM

Man who owned limo in fatal crash had informed on terrorists for FBI

The aging limousine that crashed Saturday in Schoharie County, killing 20, was operated by a company with a record of failed inspections and an owner who was a controversial FBI informant.

The 2001 Ford Excursion was operated by Prestige Limousine, a small company that shares an address with a run-down motel in the Saratoga County town of Wilton, just north of tony Saratoga Springs.

The company is owned by Shahed Hussain, whose backstory includes numerous stints as an undercover informant for the FBI.

Authorites said Hussain, 62, is in his native Pakistan at present. Other company officials have pledged to cooperate with the investigation.

Asked whether Hussain is under criminal investigation, State Police Major Robert Patnaude said anyone found to be criminally culpable will be "held accountable."

Hussain, 62, is the registered owner of four livery companies that share the same Wilton address Prestige Limousine, Chauffeur Service Saratoga, Luxury Limousine and Hasy Limousine. The companies' mailing address is in Gansevoort, a nearby hamlet.


Hussain emigrated from Pakistan in the early 1990's, fleeing a murder charge that he later said was trumped up, according to news reports. He worked as a translator for the New York state Department of Motor Vehicles but was caught helping people cheat on DMV exams in return for money.

He later was accused of making fraudulent statements in a personal bankruptcy case as well.

Hussain pleaded guilty to a felony in relation to the DMV scam but avoided prison and deportation by becoming an informant, working in New York's Muslim communities to find people that had radical tendencies.

His undercover work led to the 2006 conviction of two men in Albany who were accused of expressing interest in buying a shoulder-fired missile. Civil liberties groups questioned the tactics used by the FBI and its informant, however.

When Hussain was sentenced in 2006 for the DMV scam, a federal judge spared him additional prison time after prosecutors argued he had provided "substantial assistance" in the Albany terrorism sting as well as a drug and fraud case in which 12 defendants were convicted.

Three years later, Hussain went undercover in Newburgh, Orange County, helping the FBI win conviction of four men who they accused of planning to shoot down airliners and plant bombs in Bronx synagogues. Critics said Hussain induced the men to plot the crimes by offering cash payments.



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Posted 19 October 2018 - 05:42 PM

You complained that nobody "ran away" with this article, so here's a post for ya.

There must be something cultural about Pakistanis that leads them to think rules and laws don't apply to them. I've seen this not only in crime reports, but also in public places such as tourism spots, car museums, grocery stores, etc. And it's not only in America. In Japan, every single time a Pakistani makes the news, they're being arrested for one of two things: Running a salvage yard that's a front for shipping stolen cars and trucks overseas, and child molestation. (Iranians have the illicit drug market cornered in Japan, in case you were wondering why Pakistanis aren't arrested for it.)

So every thing this guy does is fraudulent, crooked, and just downright illegal? Gee, you don't say.

Happy now?


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