A California father has been found guilty of 13 felony charges for driving his car off a Los Angeles pier and killing his two autistic sons to collect money from their insurance policies, authorities said.
Ali Elmezayen, 45, was convicted of mail and wire fraud, identity theft, and money laundering. “Dissatisfied with his financial and family situation, Elmezayen purchased millions of dollars in insurance on his common-law wife and disabled young sons, and then drove them off a pier in order to cash in,” United States Attorney Nick Hanna said.
His wife survived the incident, but their two sons drowned. Elmezayen bought more than $7 million worth of life and accidental death insurance policies on himself and his family between July 2012 and March 2013, and collected $260,000 after their deaths, according to trial evidence.