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Former Mavis manager: Invoices falsified, brake work not done before fatal limo crash

Former Mavis manager: Invoices falsified, brake work not done before fatal limo crash Photo: News10NBC.

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Updated: October 10, 2019 05:26 AM
Created: October 09, 2019 01:35 PM

ALBANY, N.Y. (WHEC/WNYT) — The former manager of a Mavis Discount Tire garage told investigators that invoices for work performed on the stretch limousine in the deadly 2018 Schoharie crash were falsified.

This was initially reported by the Times Union

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New documents obtained by WNYT, the NBC affiliate in Albany, show a recent interview with the former manager of the Mavis in Saratoga Springs.

According to that interview, an invoice from May 2018 shows a brake master cylinder had been installed in the limo. Investigators learned from that former employee that was not the case and the part had actually been returned to the auto parts store it was originally purchased from.

Also, the DMV inspection of the limo was not performed. Instead, this same ex-worker told investigators he gave the DMV inspector certification card needed for the inspection.

Twenty people were killed when the limo crashed on Oct. 6, 2018.

Statement from Mavis

“Many of the statements attributed to Mr. Virgil Park, a former Mavis employee, in the October 7 letter, as well as those made by Mr. Nauman Hussain’s criminal defense attorneys in the October 8 letter, are inaccurate or misleading.  

Mavis is committed to providing high quality, safe, affordable services to our customers. Our service and billing policies are honest, fair and sound and we vehemently disagree with any allegations to the contrary.  Mr. Hussain and his criminal defense lawyers are attempting to falsely attack Mavis in a desperate diversion tactic to shift responsibility away from Mr. Hussain, where it solely belongs. 

The vehicle in question traveled more than a thousand miles over several months since it was serviced at Mavis. During that time, Mr. Hussain, according to the District Attorney’s Office and the New York State Police, committed serious crimes by, among other things, defying an order to take the vehicle out of service. 

Our thoughts and condolences remain with the victims of this tragic accident. Mavis did not cause the accident, however, and bears no legal responsibility for it. Mavis continues to fully cooperate with authorities as a witness in the criminal case against Mr. Hussain.”
 


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