WENY News - UPDATE: Limo Owner Had Criminal Record, Served as Informant

UPDATE: Limo Owner Had Criminal Record, Served as Informant

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UPDATE (4:45 P.M.) The owner of the limo company involved in the deadly crash reportedly has a criminal record and also served as an FBI informant.

According to WRGB, Malik Shahed Hussain, the owner of Prestige Limousine, had been previously arrested for helping immigrants fraudulently obtain drivers licenses in New York State. 

WRGB also reported that Hussain later served as an informant for the FBI in an Albany terror sting to get a reduced sentence. He was reportedly posing as a radical arms dealer.

SCHOHARIE, N.Y. (WENY) -- According to a report from Albany CBS Affiliate WRGB, Governor Andrew Cuomo has said the driver of the limo that crashed and killed 20 people did not have the appropriate driver's license to be operating the vehicle. 

Additionally, the limo reportedly failed the New York State DMV inspection last month and was not supposed to be on the road. 

The state is reportedly seeking a cease and desist order to stop the company, Prestige Limo, from operation until the investigation in finished.

The limousine was reportedly on its way to a birthday party when it blew a stop sign at the end of a highway in Schoharie, killing all 18 people in the limo and two pedestrians.  

Among those killed were four sisters, two brothers -- one of which was recently married and whose wife also died in the crash -- and the two brothers' stepfather. 

Both parents of two young children also died in the crash, according to The New York Times. 

According to the NTSB, the crash was the deadliest transportation accident in the country since 2009, when a plane crashed into a home outside of Buffalo, killing 50 people. 

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