A Sacramento County jury has convicted a 34-year-old man of felony grand theft auto for conducting a fraudulent lien sale of a vehicle left at his shop for repairs.
On June 9, 2010, the registered owner of a 2000 Toyota Land Cruiser left his vehicle a Alim Hussain's vehicle repair shop for transmission repairs, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney's Office news release. Soon after, the owner of the vehicle left the country and never paid for the repairs.
On March 17, 2011, Hussain conducted a fraudulent lien sale of the vehicle by failing to first notify the legal owner of the Land Cruiser, Schools Financial Credit Union, about the lien sale, authorities said. As a result, the credit union learned of the lien sale after it had been removed as the legal owner of the vehicle. Hussain then sold the Land Cruiser to an unsuspecting buyer.
The case was investigated by the Department of Motor Vehicles.
Hussain was convicted Monday and is to be sentenced May 31 in Sacramento Superior Court.