National Enquirer - - REAL LIFE -

WHEN 20 peo­ple died in a limou­sine crash near Al­bany, N.Y. on Oct. 7, it was a per­fect storm of tragic mishaps. Ac­cord­ing to New York Gov. An­drew Cuomo, the driver did not have the proper li­cense to op­er­ate the limo. The ve­hi­cle — an il­le­gally mod­i­fied 2001 Ford Ex­cur­sion — had failed safety in­spec­tions and re­port­edly “did not have a cer­ti­fi­ca­tion that it had been ex­tended in a way that was com­pli­ant with fed­eral law.” The com­pany, Pres­tige Limou­sine, had a string of vi­o­la­tions. Out of five in­spec­tions in two years, four re­sulted in ve­hi­cles be­ing taken out of ser­vice. Owner Sha­hed Hus­sain was out of the coun­try at the time of the ac­ci­dent, but his son, Nau­man, who han­dled dayto-day op­er­a­tions, was ar­rested for crim­i­nally negligent homi­cide.

Sha­hed was re­vealed to be an FBI in­for­mant on ter­ror­ists af­ter be­ing charged in a money laun­der­ing scheme.

“If ei­ther of them were aware of the short­cuts taken and the safety fail­ures that caused this dis­as­ter, they would face se­ri­ous jail time,” said at­tor­ney Eric Nel­son.

Nau­man Hus­sain Sha­hed Hus­sain

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