California man sentenced for drowning his two sons in 'diabolical' insurance scheme, dicono i pubblici ministeri

Un giudice della California ha condannato un uomo a 212 years in federal prison for killing his two sons in an insurance scheme worth more than $ 260,000, secondo un comunicato stampa di giovedì dal Dipartimento di Giustizia.

Ali F. Elmezayen, 45, drove a vehiclewith his wife and two sons insideoff a Los Angeles port into the San Pedro Bay in April 2015. Elmezayen escaped the submerged car through his open window. La sua ex moglie, Rabab Diab, could not swim but survived when a nearby fisherman threw her a life preserver.
The couple’s sons, 13-year-old Elhassan and 8-year-old Abdelkrim, drowned. Both children were said to have autism, ha detto il comunicato.
      US District Judge John F. Walter called Elmezayen’s schemeevil and diabolical.
        The only regret that the defendant has is that he got caught,” Walter said.
          Prosecutors discovered the children’s deaths were part of an elaborate insurance scheme by Elmezayen. He bought more than $ 3 million worth of life and accidental death insurance policies on himself and his family from eight different companies between July 2012 e luglio 2013, ha detto il comunicato.
          The Justice Department says Elmezayen began purchasing these policies the same year he exited a bankruptcy proceeding. He paid more than $ 6,000 a year on these policies.
          Prosecutors found that after buying the policies, Elmezayen repeatedly called the insurance companies to verify the policies were active and they would pay benefits if his ex-wife died in an accident. Elmezayen sometimes even pretended to be his ex-wife because he took out some policies in her name, ha detto il comunicato.
          Elmezayen drove off the wharf in the Port of Los Angeles 12 days after the two-year contestability period on the last of his insurance policies expired, ha detto il comunicato.
          Elmezayen then collected more than $ 260,000 in insurance proceeds from Mutual of Omaha Life Insurance and American General Life Insurance on the accidental death insurance policies he had taken out on the children’s lives,” ha detto il comunicato.
          He used some of the money to buy real estate in Egypt and a boat, ha detto il comunicato.
          It is unthinkable that any father would jeopardize the lives of his family for his own financial gain,” said Ryan L. Korner, special agent in charge with the IRS Criminal Investigation.
            FBI agents arrested Elmezayen in November 2018, ha detto il comunicato. He has remained in federal custody since his arrest.
            As part of his sentencing, Elmezayen has also had to pay $ 261,751 in restitution to the insurance companies he defrauded, ha detto il comunicato.

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