A father accused of having driven two seriously autistic sons off a pier and murdering them so that he could claim their life insurance was found guilty of fraud.
Ali Elmezayen, 44, was convicted Tuesday of 14 federal charges related to the death of his two children in 2015, aged 8 and 13, in Los Angeles.
Elmezayen was found guilty by a jury of post and wire fraud, identity theft and money laundering.
He could now face more than 200 years in prison.
Ali Elmezayen, 44, was convicted Tuesday of 14 federal charges related to the death of his two children in 2015, aged 8 and 13, in Los Angeles. He is depicted in a court sketch dated October 17 during his federal trial
Apart from that, Elmezayen is awaiting trial for charges of murdering the death of his two sons: eight-year-old Abdelkarim and 13-year-old Elhassan.
Prosecutors say that Elmezayen had several life insurance policies in 2012 and 2013 that offer more than $ 6 million in coverage for himself, his wife Rabab Diab and his children.
Elmezayen paid nearly $ 6,000 a year for the policy, despite earning less than $ 30,000 a year.
He had called at least two of the insurance companies prior to the incident to confirm that they would not investigate claims made two years after the purchase of the policies.
Elmezayen is deliberately accused of driving his car off the edge of a commercial fishing dock in the port of Los Angeles with his children and wife on April 9, 2015.
Researchers say that in 2015, Elmezayen and his wife and two children deliberately ended up outside the edge of a commercial fishing dock in Los Angeles.
The car window of Elmezayen was open at that time, as a result of which he (photo above) came to the surface within 30 seconds and swam to a ladder on the pier. His wife could not swim, but the authorities said she had been rescued by a fisherman after surfacing
The incident occurred two years and 12 days after Elmezayen bought the last of his insurance policies.
The Elmezayen car window was open at the time, allowing him to climb up to a ladder on the pier within 30 seconds.
His wife could not swim, but the authorities said she was rescued by a fisherman after she popped up and shouted: "My children, my children".
The fisherman who saved her, Ray Prince, said at the time: & The poor lady shouted hysterically. I thought she would drown. & # 39;
Their two sons, both of whom had severe autism, were unable to swim and were trapped in their child seats. Their lifeless bodies were pulled out of the car by rescue divers.
After their death, Elmezayen collected more than $ 260,000 in insurance proceeds from the American General Life Insurance and Mutual of Omaha Life Insurance on the life insurance policies he had taken out for the children's lives.
He wired more than $ 170,000 back to his native Egypt.
His now estranged wife, Rabab Diab, witnessed the prosecution during the Elmezayen fraud process
Their two sons, both of whom had severe autism, were unable to swim and were trapped in their child seats. Their lifeless bodies were pulled out of the car by rescue divers (pictured above)
Elmezayen posed as his wife to communicate with the insurance companies without her knowledge.
Prosecutors said that Elmezayen had also made several false statements to the companies, including that the cause of the death of his children was accidental and that he had no other insurance policies for his children.
His now estranged wife witnessed the prosecution during the Elmezayen fraud process.
During the trial, prosecutors said Elmezayen beat his wife and called her parents in Egypt with the threat of sending her to a coffin.
The court heard that he also told her that he would bury her & # 39; alive & # 39; and that he wanted to take a second wife.
Elmezayen was accused in July of murdering his two children.
The murder case is expected to continue after the insurance fraud process has been completed.
If convicted in that case, Elmezayen is confronted with a life in prison without conditional release or the death penalty.
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