Owner of fatal crash limousine was Federal Bureau of Investigation informant

Blanche Robertson
October 11, 2018

He said Prestige Limousine, which Hussain owns, "has a lot of questions to answer" after the deadly crash.

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. Hussain was a key figure in the FBI's case against the so-called Newburgh Four-four Muslim men sentenced to 25-year prison terms after they were convicted for placing what they thought were bombs in a NY synagogue in 2010.

Hussain's backstory emerged as New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said he may face criminal charges for the crash.

Officers said the driver of the limousine, identified on social media as Scott Lisinicchia, was not licensed to drive a vehicle with more than 15 passengers.

Albany-area lawyer Dana Salazar, who represented Shahed Hussain in a civil action against Saratoga County that revolved around the Saratoga Road motel property, verified Monday that her client had indeed been the celebrated informant. 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.

Records show Prestige Limousine is owned by Shahed Hussain, a Pakistani immigrant and Albany-area businessman who began going undercover for the Federal Bureau of Investigation after he ran into legal trouble.

Hussain owns the business but the limo service has largely been operated by his son, Nauman Hussain, who met on Monday afternoon with investigators from the State Police's major crimes unit, which is examining whether negligence may have contributed to the deadly incident. Terence Kindlon is the father of Lee Kindlon, who was hired by the limousine company this week.

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

Posing as a wealthy Pakistani businessman named Malik, Hussain's first hit as an informant was to help the feds nail Yassin Aref, an Iraqi-born imam at an Albany mosque, and Mohammed Hossain, the owner of a local pizza shop, in a plot to launder money for a terror attack in Pakistan.

All four men - ringleader James Cromitie, David Williams, Onta Williams and Laguerre Payen - were convicted and sentenced to 25 years in prison.

The plot, which was part of a sting operation, was never carried out.

The four men were impoverished and had no links to global terrorist organizations. The limo company was registered at that address.

"We're in possession of the airbag control module - what would be considered the vehicle's black box", State Police Maj Robert Patnaude said at a press conference on Monday.

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