HAMMOND | A man accused of being involved in a scheme to fraudulently obtain and resell cars pleaded guilty Wednesday, according to court records.
Azzam Al-Hindi pleaded guilty to mail fraud and could face up to 20 years in prison, according to a plea agreement. The government has agreed to dismiss the other counts he faces.
Azzam Al-Hindi and Tareq Al-Hindi owned City Wide Auto Recovery and Premium Auto Sales in Illinois, and worked with Hosam "Sam" Abul-Husn, who owned A & M Auto Sales in Whiting.
According to the indictment, the men worked together to take possession of vehicles from people who didn't intend to pay off the car loan or lien. Once the men had the vehicles, they tacked on fraudulent expenses intended to induce the lien holders to abandon the vehicles with them, the indictment states.
The men would then get the title of the vehicles and resell the vehicles, according to the indictment.
Azzam Al-Hindi is scheduled to be sentenced April 25 in federal court.
In 2009, Azzam Al-Hindi and Tareq Al-Hindi were named in a lawsuit by Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez that alleged four area towing companies were praying on and overcharging motorists involved in crashes.