EXCLUSIVE – Shahed Hussain Owner of limousine company involved in horror crash is a former FBI informant who was paid $96,000 to go undercover to expose terror plots after fleeing to the US from Pakistan where he’d been accused of murder
- Shahed Hussain is the owner of Prestige Limousines, also known as Hasy Limos
- It was one of his cars that crashed in upstate New York on Saturday, killing 20
- The vehicle failed a safety inspection last month and the company has had four others taken off the road
- Hussain, who also goes by ‘Malik’, worked as an informant for the FBI after being caught running a DMV scam where he helped test takers cheat
- In 2007, he started going undercover in mosques in Newburgh, New York, to record conversations with alleged terrorists
Shahed Hussain, 62, is the owner of Prestige Limousines, the company involved in Saturday’s crash
The owner of the limousine company behind Saturday’s horror crash which killed 20 people is a former FBI informant who went undercover to record alleged terrorists in mosques after fleeing to the US from Pakistan in the 1990s where he’d been accused of murder, DailyMail.com can reveal.
Shahed Hussain, 62, is named as the owner of Prestige Limousines, aka Hasy Limos and Saratoga Luxury Limousine, in Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration documents.
In the last two years, the company has had at least four cars pulled out of service because they failed safety inspections.
The most recent was the modified 2001 Ford Excursion limousine which was carrying 17 passengers when driver Scott Lisinicchia crashed on Saturday, killing himself, all those on board and two pedestrians in the parking lot he came screeching into after running a stop sign in Schoharie, New York.
Ford has confirmed to DailyMail.com that if never manufactured the vehicles in limousine form so the one operated by Prestige had to have been modified unofficially.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Monday that the company was now under investigation and is no longer allowed to operate.
Despite repeated attempts to make contact with Hussain, he has not commented on the tragedy and the company’s websites are now disabled.
But 2010 court documents from the terrorism trials of four men who plotted to blow up the synagogues in the Bronx and shoot down planes coming out of Newburgh airbase reveal Hussain’s past ties to the FBI.
In 2002, he convinced the bureau to take him on after being caught running a dangerous DMV scan which helped prospective drivers cheat on their tests.
Hussain arrived in the United States in 1994 after fleeing his native Pakistan where he had been arrested for murder.
After his father bribed local police to let him go, Hussain fled the country, using a British passport to leave Pakistan, enter Moscow and then travel to Mexico.
From Mexico, he entered the US through El Paso in Texas. From there, he traveled to Albany.