HAMMOND | Three people were charged in federal court with mail fraud and are accused of illegally obtaining vehicles that were later resold, according to court documents.
Azzam Al-Hindi, Hosam "Sam" Abul-Husn and Tareq Al-Hindi were charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and mail fraud.
Abul-Husn was arrested in March and Azzam Al-Hindi was arrested Monday, according to court records.
Azzam Al-Hindi and Tareq Al-Hindi own City Wide Auto Recovery and Premium Auto Sales in Illinois. Abul Husn owns A & M Auto Sales in Whiting, according to court records.
They are accused of working together from 2007 to June 2008 to obtain possession of vehicles from people who had no intention of paying the lien or loan on the vehicle, according to the federal indictment.
The three would then charge the lien or loan holder fraudulent expenses so that recovery of the vehicles was nearly impossible, according to the indictment.
Once the three obtain titles of the vehicles from Indiana, the vehicles were resold or exported for sale, according to court documents.
Some of the vehicles the three allegedly fraudulently obtained include a 2007 Chevrolet Silverado, a 2003 Mercedes, a 2006 Infiniti FX35 and a 2008 Honda Accord, according to court records.
In 2009, Azzam Al-Hindi and Tareq Al-Hindi were named in a lawsuit filed by Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez that alleged four area towing companies were preying on and overcharging motorists who were in traffic accidents.