The owner of the limo company involved in the New York crash that killed 20 people served as an FBI informant in a 2009 terror plot that targeted two synagogues in Riverdale and an Air National Guard base.
via NY Post:
Federal Department of Transportation records show that Prestige Limousine Chauffeur Service — identified by Gov. Andrew Cuomo as the company whose limo crashed on Saturday — is owned by Shahed Hussain of Gaansevort.
Hussain’s listed address is the same as in bankruptcy records for the Shahed Hussain who testified in Manhattan federal court at the 2010 trial of four men he recruited into an FBI sting operation after infiltrating a mosque in Newburgh.
All four men — ringleader James Cromitie, David Williams, Onta Williams and Laguerre Payen — were convicted and sentenced to 25 years in prison.
Hussain’s address is the Crest Inn Suites and Cottages, a string of 23 one-story attached units that manager Arnie Cornett, 60, described as “transitional housing.”
Cornett identified the Crest Inn’s owner as a man he knows only as “Mr. Malik,” who lives in Dubai.
Hussain, 62, is also known as “Malik,” according to local news reports.
Cornett said Hussain’s son — whom he knows as “Shawn” — formerly lived at the Crest Inn but recently moved to Albany, and now “just comes here to collect the rent and leaves.”
Cornett also said that “Prestige used to be here” but relocated about 18 months ago.
“From what I’m told, they operated out of the back parking lot,” he said.
“They don’t operate here anymore.”
Cornett also said the state police “came here last night.”
“They asked me about the limo company,” he said.
“They told me they wanted to find the owner.”
We don’t know why this little tidbit of information is making news, but this is starting to sound like the makings of a ‘Scandal’ episode.