SARATOGA SPRINGS — The former manager of a Mavis Discount Tire outlet told investigators last month that the Saratoga Springs auto shop had falsified invoices and failed to perform critical brake work on the stretch limousine that crashed in Schoharie last year, killing 20 people.
The alleged falsification of the records and the shop’s purported failure to perform work on the 2001 Ford Excursion were part of a systemic practice at the auto service company as outlets tried to meet corporate sales quotas, according to court records.
Schoharie County District Attorney Susan J. Mallery disclosed the information in a letter this week to attorneys for Nauman Hussain, who operated the Wilton-based limousine company that owned the Excursion. Hussain was indicted in April on manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide charges — one count apiece for each of the 20 crash victims.
Hussain’s attorneys contend that the revelations further undermine prosecutors’ argument that their client knew the vehicle was unsafe prior to the accident.
In a Sept. 17 interview with investigators, Virgil W. Park Sr., who no longer works at Mavis, told investigators that he had purchased a “Wearever brake master cylinder” from Advance Auto Parts on May 4, 2018, about a week before the auto …read more
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