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Ali F. Elmezayen was accused of driving his family off the pier and killing his two severely autistic sons at the San Pedro Slip in San Pedro, CA
Elmezayen, 44, allegedly killed his two minor children when he drove his car off of a Los Angeles wharf on April 9, 2015
The suspect purchased “several accidental death insurance policies” amounting to $6 million covering himself, his kids and his domestic partner
Two years later he deliberately drove the car with his partner and two youngest children into the water
Elmezayen swam out the open driver’s side window of the car,
His partner couldn’t swim, but survived when a nearby fisherman threw her a flotation device
The two children drowned, 13-year-old Abdelkrim Elmezayen was pronounced dead at the scene, his His 8-year-old brother lived through the night, but was pronounced dead the next day
Arrested last week, Elmezayen was charged with mail fraud, wire fraud and aggravated identity theft for posing as his domestic partner in calls to the insurance companies
In addition to criminal charges, he faces up to 20 years in prison for each count of insurance fraud
Divers investigate spot where Ali F. Elmezayen drove his car with his kids into the water at the San Pedro Slip, CA1.pngDivers investigate spot where Ali F. Elmezayen drove his car with his kids into the water at the San Pedro Slip, CA

A Los Angeles man has been charged with killing his family when he deliberately drove his car with his severely autistic children and domestic partner into the ocean on April 9, 2015.
Ali F. Elmezayen, was ordered to remain His intention was to collect insurance money remains behind bars after a Los Angeles judge ordered him to stay put Tuesday.

Ali F. Elmezayen, 44, allegedly killed his two children, ages 8 and 13, when he drove his car off of a Los Angeles wharf. Elmezayen had purchased “several accidental death insurance policies” amounting to $6 million covering himself, his kids and his domestic partner, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Central California.
He paid $6,000 a year to maintain that coverage, despite earning less that $30,000 a year.
On April 9, 2015 – two years and 12 days after he bought the last of his insurance policies – Elmezayen drove a car with his partner and two youngest children off a wharf at the Port of Los Angeles. Elmezayen swam out the open driver’s side window of the car. His partner, who did not know how to swim, survived when a nearby fisherman threw her a flotation device. The two children, ages 8 and 13, were unable to escape the car and drowned.

Elmezayen’s domestic partner, who reportedly couldn’t swim, was also a passenger in the car. She was rescued by a fisherman who witnessed the crash.

Both children drowned. The deaths of Elmezayen’s children paid him $260,000, according to his insurance companies.

Rescuers pull two boys from a submerged vehicle in LA on April 9, 2015.JPGRescuers with the Los Angeles Fire Department pull Elmezayen’s two boys from the submerged vehicle from the San Pedro Slip on, April 9, 2015.

The defendant prosecutors said then collected more than $260,000 in insurance proceeds from American General Life Insurance and Mutual of Omaha Life Insurance on the accidental death insurance policies he had taken out on the children’s lives.
He also impersonated his domestic partner in communications with the insurance companies without her knowledge. He proceeded to make several false statements, including stating that the cause of his children’s deaths was accidental and that he had no other insurance policies on his children.
“The defendant is accused of orchestrating a scheme to defraud insurance companies by taking the lives of his vulnerable young sons,” said Paul Delacourt, the Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Los Angeles Field Office. “The defendant faces serious consequences as we seek justice on their behalf.”
“This case alleges a calculated and cold-hearted scheme to profit off the deaths of two helpless children,” said United States Attorney Nick Hanna.
“The alleged conduct shocks the conscience, and we will use every tool available to us to ensure that justice is done.”
Though the alleged crime happened in April 2015, Elmezayen wasn’t arrested until last week when the FBI made its move.

Rescuers pull two boys from a submerged vehicle in LA 2.JPG The 13-year-old boy died and his brother was in critical condition after the family car plunged into the ocean at the LA Port on Thursday, April 9, 2015

The criminal complaint specifically charges Elmezayen with mail fraud, wire fraud and aggravated identity theft for posing as his domestic partner in calls to the insurance companies.

“This case alleges a calculated and cold-hearted scheme to profit off the deaths of two helpless children,” United States Attorney Nick Hanna said. “The alleged conduct shocks the conscience, and we will use every tool available to us to ensure that justice is done.”
The case was initially not prosecuted because of “insufficient evidence,” according to an NBC report that says the defendant, in addition to criminal charges, could serve 20 years in prison for each count of insurance fraud.
At the conclusion of a detention hearing Tuesday in Los Angeles, Judge Alka Sagar ruled the defendant a flight risk and a danger to his now former partner and remaining child, – on whose lives he continues to pay large insurance premiums.  Elmezayen who was born in Egypt, but has no legal status in the United States, has access to “significant financial resources” in his native country, judge Sagar said.
“The risk of flight is a serious one in this case,” the judge said from the bench, adding that Elmezayen poses a “risk of danger to the mother of his children and his oldest child.”

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