Whiting man indicted in auto title scam
The father of a Whiting man killed almost a decade ago is charged with conspiring to defraud car owners into giving up their rights to their vehicles.
A grand jury indictment returned in the U.S. District Court in Hammond charges Hosam “Sam” Abul-Husn, 67, with committing mail fraud to help two Illinois businessmen, also charged, run the scheme.
The indictment, unsealed Monday, says Tareq Al-Hindi, 31, and Azzam Al-Hindi, 55, owned and operated City Wide Auto Recovery and Premium Auto Sales in Illinois. Starting in 2007, the defendants would take cars from other people who fraudulently bought them with no intention of paying loans on the cars.
The Al-Hindis would claim they had provided services on the car that were worth more than the cars’ total values so whoever held the lien or title would turn over their right to the vehicles. The defendants would then resell the cars or ship them outside the country.
The men ran into trouble retitling the cars in Illinois, however, and sought help through Abul-Husn, who retitled the cars for them in Indiana.
The indictment lists four vehicles involved in the scheme, which ran through 2008.
Abul-Husn, who was released on a $20,000 bond after he was arrested in March, has pleaded not guilty and is scheduled to go on trial June 6.
Azzam Al-Hindi was arrested Monday, according to court records, and was ordered held without bond pending trial. Records do not indicate that Tareq Al-Hindi has been arrested.
Abul-Husn’s son, Kevin Abul-Husn, was killed in May 2005. Police believe he and Jason Janek, who were both shot in the head, were killed inside Bar Rio in Whiting.