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Scrap worker accused of stealing $200,000

Keywords: Tags  metal recycler, scrap, New Caney Recycling, Shabbir Hussain, theft, money laundering, Lisa Gordon

PITTSBURGH — A worker at a Houston metal recycler has been accused of stealing about $200,000 from his employer.

Shabbir Hussain, an employee at New Caney Recycling, has been charged with theft and money laundering. Bail has been set at $600,000 but he remains in the Montgomery County Jail.

The owners of the recycling business contacted the Montgomery County Precinct 4 Constable’s Office after they discovered scale receipts that indicated it had purchased more scrap than it had in its physical inventory.

Video surveillance footage at the company allegedly showed Hussain engaged in unspecified practices that were not part of protocol, according to Precinct 4’s Facebook page, and an investigation indicated that he allegedly used customers’ identification numbers to create false tickets and then pocketed the money.

Hussain allegedly told law enforcement officials that he spent some of the money, had deposited some in numerous banks and transferred as much as $100,000 to relatives in Pakistan.

The police said they recovered $15,000 in electronics and jewelry from Hussain’s home and expect to recover $30,000 from local bank accounts.

Neither the company nor Hussain could be reached for comment.

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