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Limo company owner was a controversial FBI informant

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Deanna Wagner | 11 October, 2018, 04:40

The day-to-day operation of the company is overseen by Hussain's son, according to the paper, and police said that the former informant is now out of the country.

Hussain's path to becoming an informant began after the 9/11 terrorist attacks when he was arrested in an FBI fraud investigation in Albany that targeted a ring of corrupt translators, state motor vehicle workers and almost 100 immigrants who had illegally obtained driver's licenses with help from Hussain.

The four men were arrested in 2009, and despite their poor organizational skills, testimony that at least one of them was developmentally delayed and accusations of entrapment on the part of Hussain and the feds, the four men comprising the Newburgh "terror cell" were convicted on terrorism charges, Wadie wrote.

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.

Hussain could not be reached for comment Monday.

"State police are working with federal and local authorities to investigate the crash, and I have directed state agencies to provide every resource necessary to aid in this investigation and determine what led to this tragedy", the governor continued.

Additional Mother Jones reports on Hussein describe the scam as one that helped people cheat on DMV tests.

Accusations of entrapment did not stop the Federal Bureau of Investigation from employing Hussain once more - though this time, his sloppy methods were less successful.

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It will work closely with the Transportation Safety Board, which is responsible for investigating the incident, Neufeld said. He said the blast sounded like a huge rumbling train or low-flying jet passing over his roof.

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.

"The owner of the company has been away for a couple of weeks and he spends time both here and overseas", the company's lawyer Lee Kindlon told Good Morning America.

When Hussain was sentenced in 2006 for the DMV scam, a federal judge spared him additional prison time after prosecutors argued he had provided "substantial assistance" in the Albany terrorism sting as well as a drug and fraud case in which 12 defendants were convicted. Terence Kindlon is the father of Lee Kindlon, who was hired by the limousine company this week. Critics said Hussain induced the men to plot the crimes by offering cash payments.

His cooperation resulted in the conviction of the four men in the thwarted plot.

Despite being exposed, Hussain never left the area, according to the Times Union.

The four men were impoverished and had no links to worldwide terrorist organizations. The companies' mailing address is in Gansevoort, a nearby hamlet.

In brief remarks Monday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the vehicle that crashed failed a NY state inspection last month.