A limousine crash in 2018 that resulted in the deaths of 20 people didn’t have to happen, congresswoman Elise Stefanik said in March. During a hearing on Capitol Hill, Stefanik said the crash “could have been avoided,” had the government addressed “the illegal acts” of the company’s owner.
The October 2018 crash occurred in Schoharie County, NY, when a stretch limousine with a long history of mechanical problems barreled out of control. Stefanik claims the company owner, Shahed Hussein, a longtime FBI informant in the “War On Terror,” never faced consequences for repeatedly breaking the law.
“This FBI informant had multiple run-ins with the law, and various state and federal agencies, that miraculously were brushed away again and again and again,” she said. “He lied on tax returns and immigration papers, he misled FBI handlers, committed bankruptcy fraud, his hotel that he owned racked up code violations and tens of thousands in unpaid property taxes with no consequences, and most tragically, this deadly limo company falsified reports, lied about the alteration of an illegal vehicle, and the out of service rate for this vehicle was 80%.”
Stefanik demanded the FBI release to congress all the files detailing its relationship with Hussein.