A California man was sentenced to more than two centuries in prison on Thursday for his plot to drive his partner and two autistic sons off a wharf at the Port of Los Angeles, killing his children, in order to collect life insurance money.
Ali F. Elmezayen, 45 was hit with the maximum sentence for charges of wire fraud, mail fraud, identity theft, and money laundering in the scheme to kill his family for millions in insurance money. U.S. District Judge John F. Walter called it an “evil and diabolical” scheme during Thursday’s sentencing.
Elmezayen told police the crash was a tragic accident, and local authorities declined to prosecute him, but federal officials took up the case and eventually charged him with plotting the deaths in a scheme for the insurance payouts.
Elmezayen, 45, was found guilty of wire fraud and other charges in 2019 and on Thursday, a federal judge sentenced him to 212 years — the maximum term possible. Although he wasn’t charged with murder, as prosecutors said they lacked the evidence to win a conviction, the judge excoriated him at the sentencing as a ruthless killer who spent years planning out
The former finance manager for a defunct Erie auto dealership that was part of a federal fraud investigation was sentenced in federal court on Friday to serve two years and eight months in prison for his admitted involvement in the crime.
Chad Bednarski, 49, of Erie, who pleaded guilty in September to one count of fraud conspiracy, was also ordered to serve two years of supervised release, to pay restitution totaling nearly $1.7 million jointly with co-defendant Andy Gabler, and to pay a $1,000 fine, according to the sentence handed down by U.S. District Judge Susan Paradise Baxter in U.S
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