Couple files suit
About a year later, in May 2016, Elmezayen and Diab filed a lawsuit against the city of Los Angeles and several government entities, according to CNN affiliate KCAL-TV.
The suit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, sought unspecified damages on allegations of wrongful death, dangerous condition of a public property, and negligence, among other charges, KCAL-TV reported. The lawsuit also made allegations against the car manufacturer and an auto maintenance store. The court ruled in favor of the defendants in October, a later statement from the court noted. In November 2018, Elmezayen was arrested by the FBI and charged with four counts of mail fraud, four counts of wire fraud, one count of aggravated identity theft (for posing as his wife in calls to the insurance companies) and five counts of money laundering, according to the US Attorney’s Office of the Central District of California. The district attorney’s office alleges that Elmezayen had schemed to collect proceeds of life insurance policies he had purchased on the lives of his wife and sons.
Elmezayen allegedly purchased several life and accidental death insurance policies providing coverage on himself, his wife and their three children in 2012 and 2013, according to the grand jury indictment, which also claims that Elmezayen collected more than $260,000 from accidental death insurance policies he had taken out on the children’s lives. “This case alleges a calculated and cold-hearted scheme to profit off the deaths of two helpless children,” US Attorney Nick Hanna said in a statement. “The alleged conduct shocks the conscience, and we will use every tool available to us to ensure that justice is done.”