10 Kennewick residents indicted in staged car accident scheme


RICHLAND, Wash. — Nearly a dozen Kennewick residents are part of a 138-count federal indictment spanning 23 people for their involvement in a staged car accident scheme that accumulated almost $1 million in false insurance claims.

According to a release from the Eastern Washington District Attorney’s Office, participants spanned Washington, California, Michigan, Nevada, and British Columbia.

Investigators say those involved with this scheme staged auto accidents and serious injuries to make fraudulent claims to health insurance companies. They conspired to commit mail fraud and illegally placed claims for lost wages, injuries, and property damage.

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Some individuals, including several of the Kennewick residents, are also accused of obstructing official proceedings by making false claims that FBI informants solicited bribe payment.

The local suspects who face obstruction charges were identified as Ali Abed Yaser (51), Hussein A. Yasir (39), Hasanein A. Yaser (20), and Mohammed Naji Al-Jibory (33), who was not charged in the staged accident plot.

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The remaining defendants out of Kennewick were identified as Insaf A. Karawi (52), Ameer R. Mohammed (45), Khalil Abdul-Razaq (40), Farooq S. Yaseen (32), Maria Elena Sanchez (41), and Mohammed F. Al-Himrani (33).

Some witness tampering charges and false statements charges are also being applied in this case.

Four of the defendants have not been located and are being considered fugitives. They face up to 55 years in prison for their crimes.


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