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A father accused of driving his two autistic sons off a Los Angeles pier and killing them so he could make a claim on an insurance policy wept in court as his trial for alleged fraud got underway.

Ali Elmezayen, 44, faces two counts of murder in the deaths 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 as she was unable to swim and she is a prosecution witness in the trial at a federal courthouse in downtown Los Angeles. 

Elmezayen is in federal custody on insurance fraud charges related to the 2015 pier plunge and is trial for insurance fraud began this week.

A father accused of driving his two autistic sons off a Los Angeles pier and killing them so he could make a claim on an insurance policy wept in court as his trial for alleged fraud got underway. Ali Elmezayen, 44, is seen weeping in a court sketch on Friday

A father accused of driving his two autistic sons off a Los Angeles pier and killing them so he could make a claim on an insurance policy wept in court as his trial for alleged fraud got underway. Ali Elmezayen, 44, is seen weeping in a court sketch on Friday 

A father accused of driving his two autistic sons off a Los Angeles pier and killing them so he could claim a life insurance policy wept in court as his trial for alleged fraud got underway. Ali Elmezayen is circled in red surrounded by paramedics

A father accused of driving his two autistic sons off a Los Angeles pier and killing them so he could claim a life insurance policy wept in court as his trial for alleged fraud got underway. Ali Elmezayen is circled in red surrounded by paramedics 

According to a criminal complaint, Elmezayen purchased several accidental death insurance policies providing more than $6 million in coverage on himself, his domestic partner and his children in 2012 and 2013. 

Elmezayen allegedly paid nearly $6,000 a year for these policies – even though he was earning less than $30,000 a year.

He  called at least two of the insurance companies to confirm they would not investigate claims made two years after the policies were purchased.

Elmezayen 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.

Federal prosecutor Alexander Wyman told the jury that the defendant beat Diab and phoned her parents in Egypt and that he threatened to send her home in a coffin.

He also told her that he was going to 'bury her alive' and that he wanted to take a second wife.

Federal prosecutors allege that he had plotted for over two years before launching his plan into action April 9, 2015.

In the insurance fraud trial, Defense attorney Christine O'Connor said that Elmezayen bought the policies to protect his family - that he had 'under-the-table income to pay the premiums,' ABC7 reported.

Elmezayen purchased several accidental death insurance policies providing more than $6 million in coverage on himself, his domestic partner and his children in 2012 and 2013, a criminal complaint states. He is pictured weeping in court on Friday

Elmezayen purchased several accidental death insurance policies providing more than $6 million in coverage on himself, his domestic partner and his children in 2012 and 2013, a criminal complaint states. He is pictured weeping in court on Friday 

He called at least two of the insurance companies to confirm they would not investigate claims made two years after the policies were purchased

He called at least two of the insurance companies to confirm they

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