SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (WROC) – A Saratoga Springs auto shop was accused of falsifying business records related to the deadly limousine crash in Schoharie.
The former manager of a Mavis Discount Tire shop told investigators that brake work was billed but not performed on the stretch limousine that killed 20 people during a crash in October 2018.
He also said he did not perform a DMV inspection on the limo but provided the inspection sticker.
The operator of the limo has pleaded not guilty to 20 counts of manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide.
Mavis officials released this statement in response:
“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.”