Sacto 9-1-1
May 31, 2013
Repair shop operator sentenced to jail for grand theft auto

A vehicle repair shop operator was sentenced today to 120 days in county jail for conducting a fraudulent lien sale of a vehicle that was brought to his shop for repairs.

A Sacramento County jury last month convicted Alim Hussain, 34, of felony grand theft auto. In addition to his jail sentence, Hussain was placed on five years formal probation, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney's Office news release.

On June 9, 2010, the registered owner of a 2000 Toyota Land Cruiser left his vehicle at Hussain's vehicle repair shop for transmission repairs. Soon after, the owner of the vehicle left the country and never paid for the repairs.

On March 17, 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, of the sale. 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.

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