A father accused of driving his two autistic sons off a pier in Los Angeles and killing them so that he could make a claim to an insurance policy that was cried in court when his alleged fraud trial started.
Ali Elmezayen, 44, faces two counts of murder in the death of eight-year-old Abdelkarim and Elhassan, 13, and one count of attempted murder for his partner, Rabab Diab, who survived the incident.
Diab was rescued by fishermen because she was unable to swim and she is witnessing the trial in a federal courthouse in downtown Los Angeles.
Elmezayen is in federal custody on insurance fraud in relation to the 2015 dive into the pier and has started the insurance fraud process this week.
A father accused of driving his two autistic sons off a pier in Los Angeles and killing them so that he could make a claim to an insurance policy that was cried in court when his alleged fraud trial started. Ali Elmezayen  cries Friday in a sketch of the court
A father accused of driving his two autistic sons off a pier in Los Angeles and killing them so that he could claim a life insurance policy that wept in court when his alleged fraud trial started. Ali Elmezayen is circled in red surrounded by paramedics
According to an criminal complaint, Elmezayen took out various accidental life insurance policies in 2012 and 2013 that offer more than $ 6 million in coverage for himself, his domestic partner and his children.
Elmezayen is said to pay nearly $ 6,000 a year for this policy, even though he earned less than $ 30,000 a year.
He called at least two of the insurance companies to confirm that they would not investigate claims made two years after the purchase of the policies.
Elmezayen then collected more than $ 260,000 in insurance revenues from the American General Life Insurance and the Mutual of Omaha Life Insurance on the life insurance policies he had taken out in the children's lives.
Federal prosecutor Alexander Wyman told the jury that the suspect beat Diab and called her parents in Egypt and threatened to send her home in a coffin.
He also told her that he would bury her & # 39; alive & # 39; and that he wanted to take a second wife.
Federal prosecutors claim that he had planned more than two years before he put his plan into action April 9, 2015.
In the insurance fraud process, defender Christine O & Connor said that Elmezayen bought the policies to protect his family – that he & # 39; had income under the table to pay the premiums & # 39 ;, ABC7 reported.
Elmezayen took out various accident insurance policies in 2012 and 2013 with coverage of more than $ 6 million for himself, his domestic partner and his children, says a criminal complaint. He is pictured crying in court on Friday
He called at least two of the insurance companies to confirm that they would not investigate claims made two years after the purchase of the policies
The defense told jurors to investigate his wife's history and claimed that she had no papers and had married a homeless person to get legal status.
The homeless man had allegedly abused her when he was told that her marriage would protect her from deportation.
Elmezayen's defense team claimed he was not cunning, but rather & # 39; a bit of a boil & # 39; and & # 39; complicated & # 39; but that he was not a monster.
Elmezayen faces a separate trial in the Los Angeles Supreme Court for the murder of his sons.
Researchers said that Elmezayen deliberately walked around the edge of a commercial fishing dock with his partner and two children in the vehicle.
Elmezayen's car window was open and he surfaced within 30 seconds and swam to a ladder on the pier.
Diab was rescued by fishermen for not being able to swim and she is witnessing the trial in a federal courthouse in downtown Los Angeles
Ali Elmezayen, 44, faces two counts of murder in the death of eight-year-old Abdelkarim and Elhassan, 13, and one count of attempted murder for his partner, Rabab Diab
Elmezayen, a low-income Egyptian immigrant, paid $ 6,000 in insurance policies to cover his family in the event of an accident. He later collected $ 260,000
Diab could not swim, but the authorities said she was rescued by a fisherman after surfacing and shouted: "My children, my children."
& # 39; The poor lady shouted hysterically, & # 39; said fisherman Ray Prince. & # 39; I thought she would drown. & # 39;
Their two boys, Abdelkarim and Elhassan, could not swim and were trapped in child seats. Their lifeless bodies were pulled out of the car by rescue divers.
Prosecutors claim that Elmezayen has access to significant financial resources in his native country.
A police engineer found evidence that the brake pedal was not working properly, but did not know if that was the case before the tragedy or afterwards due to salt water corrosion.
Authorities said that Elmezayen has no legal status in the US and that he is said to have paid $ 6,000 a year to maintain the term life insurance he bought himself
If convicted of charges, Elmezayen is confronted with a possible maximum life sentence imprisonment without the possibility of conditional release or death
Prosecutors said on Wednesday that the charges were the result of further investigation.
If convicted in the murder case, Elmezayen is confronted with a life in prison without conditional release, or the death penalty, although prosecutors have not decided on that possibility.
A lawyer for Elmezayen could not be found. He will stay behind bars until his trial date.
If he is convicted of charges, Elmezayen faces a possible maximum life sentence, without the possibility of conditional release or death. A decision to request the death penalty is taken at a later date.
Elmezayen not only claimed his partner in communication with the insurance companies without her knowledge, but also made various false statements.
He claimed that the cause of the death of his children was accidental and that he had no other insurance on his children.
Elmezayen is also charged with postal fraud, wire fraud and aggravated identity theft because he pretended to be his domestic partner when calling the insurance companies.
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