Owner of Company Behind Deadly NY Limo Crash Was FBI Informant

Shahed Hussain the owner of the limo company involved in the crash that killed 20 people had served as an FBI informant in two terror stings Fox News has learned

Owner of limo company in horrific crash was an FBI informant

On Monday, Prestige Limousine company said it was investigating what caused Saturday's crash and had met state and federal authorities.

Shahed Hussain own Prestige Limousines involved in NY crash.

Scott Lisinicchia - who was behind the wheel of the 2011 Ford Excursion before the crash - was cited for operating the same limo without a proper license by a state trooper in August.

"They asked me about the limo company", he said.

Hussain also ended up in bankruptcy court twice and was at sued at one point for taking reservations when no rooms were available at a hotel he owned in upstate NY. Nauman Hussain was accompanied at the interview by his attorney, Lee Kindlon of Albany.

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

At the time, Hussain owned and operated a Getty gas station on South Pearl Street in Albany.

The manager also said that state police had come to the apartment complex on Sunday night looking to speak to Hussein, but the report did not state that they reached him there.

A 2012 Mother Jones profile of Hussain described him as "one of the FBI's more successful counterterrorism informants".

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.

Aref and Mohammed Hossain were both arrested in 2004 and accused of laundering money in connection with a fictitious terror plot set up by the FBI's informant. 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.

During the Albany trial, there was testimony that the informant's recorded conversations with the Albany targets were in Urdu.

Terence Kindlon once called Hussain a "confidence man" whom he said could not be trusted.

This operation had focused on a Newburgh mosque where Mr Hussain posed as a wealthy representative of a terrorist organisation from Pakistan.

The four Newburgh men - Laguerre Payen, James Cromitie, Onta Williams and David Williams - were convicted but the FBI's use of Shahed Hussain drew harsh criticism and raised entrapment questions.

Despite being exposed, Hussain never left the area, according to the Times Union. A New York Times reviewer said the film laid out a convincing case that the four men had been "fall guys" for the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

In more recent years, he was the owner of a low-budget motel, the Crest Inn Suites and Cottages, outside Saratoga Springs. The companies' mailing address is in Gansevoort, a nearby hamlet. 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.

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