Federal records show that the owner of the limousine company that crashed in Upstate New York on Saturday was an FBI informant.
Shahed Hussain, a 62-year-old Pakistani immigrant, is listed as the owner of Prestige Limousine, whose 2001 Ford Excursion stretch limo was involved in the accident in Schoharie, N.Y., according to media reports. The accident took the lives of 20 individuals.
The company has a history of not passing inspections, and four of the company’s vehicles were required to be pulled from service following inspections failures in the last two years.
Hussain first became an FBI informant to bypass serving prison time after he pleaded guilty to a federal fraud charge in 2002.
As an informant, Hussain participated in several operations, including one that resulted in the convictions of four men charged with planning to leave explosives by a Jewish center and a Jewish synagogue in New York City.
According to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the driver operating the limousine did not have a license allowing him to drive and the limo he drove failed a New York State Department of Motor Vehicle inspection in September.
"The owner of the company had no business putting a failed vehicle on the road," Cuomo said. "Prestige has a lot of questions to answer."