Federal Bureau of Investigation ‘superinformant’ owned the limousine company in deadly Upstate New York crash

Shahed Hussain

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.

According to U.S. media reports, Mr Hussain left Pakistan in the 1990s to seek asylum in the United States after being accused of murder.

Hussain, a former gas station owner who worked as a translator for the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, began working for the FBI in the wake of the 9/11 attacks after he was caught in a federal investigation into fraud and bribery, according to "Crimes of Terror", a legal studies text written by Wadie E. Said, a law professor at the University of SC.

According to the Associated Press, Hussain has been a paid government informant who has helped US law enforcement authorities investigate potential domestic terrorist threats after the September 11, 2001, attacks.

Hussain said he was working as a government translator in 2003 when he pleaded guilty to fraud for helping someone get their driver's license illegally.

He later was accused of making fraudulent statements in a personal bankruptcy case as well. Civil liberties groups questioned the tactics used by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and its informant, however.

Reporters on Monday inquired about Hussain's criminal history, asking police whether Hussain was the same man who had testified in a federal criminal case in Albany in 2014, to which Patnaude replied, "I would refer you to the FBI".

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In one case, he helped convict men accused of plotting to bomb NY synagogues. Critics said Hussain induced the men to plot the crimes by offering cash payments. Hussain's role in the Newburgh case was also the subject of an HBO documentary. "I join all New Yorkers in mourning these deaths and share in the unspeakable sorrow experienced by their families and loved ones during this extremely hard time".

"And, perhaps perversely, it's hard not to come away without some degree of admiration for Mr. Hussain, seen and heard only in the grainy videos shot in his vehicle and living room", said reviewer Mike Hale. "If there were Oscars for informants, he'd be on the red carpet every year".

"We have located the owner of the company", said Maj. The state has now ordered Prestige in Saratoga County to cease operations, Cuomo said.

Three vehicles that he owns have been inspected five times in the last two years, and on four of those occasions the vehicle was ordered out of service as unsafe until repairs could be made, the database showed. The limousine is also understood to have failed a road safety inspection in September.

It was not clear whether the failed Department of Motor Vehicle inspection was one of those listed in the federal database.

Hussain's limousine company is under scrutiny.

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.

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