Prosecutors: Car Dealer Put Hit On His Uncle To Prevent Testimony

(CBS) — A judge denied bond for a Melrose Park used car dealer whom prosecutors say wanted a hit-man to keep his uncle from testifying against him.

The wiretap transcript quotes Hani Samed Hamden as saying that they wouldn’t have gotten the indictment if it wasn’t for his uncle’s testimony.

Asking Hamden be held without bond, prosecutors said he discussed a $10,000 hit on his uncle, through Hamden later backed out of the idea. The hit-man turned out to be a secret service agent.

Hamden owns Hamden Auto Group in Melrose Park but is charged with helping customers file fraudulent loan applications when he worked at dealerships in Libertyville, Saint Charles, Arlington Heights and Skokie.

Judge Milton Shadur termed the transcripts troubling and ordered Hamden held without bond pending trial at the Dirksen Federal Courthouse

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