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News Release
Twenty-Three People Indicted in Staged Automobile Accident Scheme - 01/21/22

Richland, Washington – Vanessa R. Waldref, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington, announced the unsealing of a 138-count federal indictment charging twenty-three defendants in Washington, California, Michigan, Nevada, and British Columbia, Canada with participating in a staged automobile accident scheme, obstructing an official proceeding, and making false statements to FBI investigators. 

According to the indictment, twenty-two of the defendants conspired to commit mail and wire fraud and health care fraud by staging approximately 14 automobile accidents and thereafter caused the submission of almost $1 million in false insurance claims for lost wages, bodily injury, and property damage.  According to the allegations, in at least three of the staged accidents, there were no occupants (driver or passengers) in the “victim” vehicle when a defendant deliberately drove the “at fault” vehicle” into the “victim” vehicle.  The twenty-two defendants alleged to have been involved in the scheme are: Ali Abed Yaser, Hussein A. Yasir, Insaf A. Karawi, Hasanein A. Yaser, Ahmad K. Bachay, Mashael A. Bachay, Hussein K. Bachay, Mohammad Bajay, Noor Tahseen Al-Maarej, Ali F. Al-Himrani, Rana J. Kaabawi, Amar F. Abdul-Salam, Ameer R. Mohammed, Mohammed F. Al-Himrani, Maria Elena Sanchez, Seifeddine A. Al-Kinani, Farooq S. Yaseen, Firas S. Hadi, Abdullah Al-Dulaimi, Khalil Abdul-Razaq, Jesus George Sanchez, and Sinan Akrawi. 

The indictment further alleges that when Ali Abed Yaser, Hussein A. Yasir, Hasanein A. Yaser, Ahmad K. Bachay, Ali F. Al-Himrani and Mohammed Naji Al-Jibory (who is not charged in the staged accident scheme) learned of the FBI’s investigation, they committed various acts to obstruct official proceedings.  Some of the alleged obstructive acts included Ali Abed Yaser, Hussein A. Yasir, Hasanein A. Yaser and Mohammed Naji Al-Jibory fabricating a story that the FBI case agent, and another individual suspected of working as an FBI informant, solicited a $22,000 bribe payment in exchange for offering the investigation or case to go away.  Other alleged obstructive acts included Ali Abed Yaser, Ahmad K. Bachay and Ali F. Al-Himrani using threats of physical force to prevent communication of information about the possible commission of federal crimes to a law enforcement officer and a judge.

Two of the defendants, Ali Abed Yaser and Mohammad Naji Al-Jibory, are charged with making false statements to FBI investigators.  Ali Abed Yaser, Ahmad K. Bachay, and Ali F. Al-Himrani are charged with witness tampering.  The indictment also alleges Ali Abed Yaser attempted to tamper with evidence.

The following defendants are charged in the Indictment:

Defendant

Age

Location

ALI ABED YASER 

51

Kennewick, WA
HUSSEIN A. YASIR 

39

Kennewick, WA
INSAF A. KARAWI 

52

Kennewick, WA
HASANEIN A. YASER 

20

Kennewick, WA
AHMAD K. BACHAY

35

El Cajon, CA
MASHAEL A. BACHAY 

31

El Cajon, CA
MOHAMMAD BAJAY

39

El Cajon, CA
HUSSAIN K. BACHAY

32

Vancouver, B.C. Canada
NOOR TAHSEEN AL-MAAREJ

32

El Cajon, CA
ALI F. AL-HIMRANI

40

Temecula, CA
RANA J. KAABAWI

38

Temecula, CA
AMAR F. ABDUL-SALAM

40

El Cajon, CA
AMEER R. MOHAMMED

45

Kennewick, WA
MOHAMMED F. AL-HIMRANI

33

Kennewick, WA
MARIA ELENA SANCHEZ 

41

Kennewick, WA
SEIFEDDINE A. AL-KINANI

37

Las Vegas, NV
ABDULLAH AL-DULAIMI

30

Detroit, MI
FIRAS S. HADI

41

El Cajon, CA
FAROOQ S. YASEEN

32

Kennewick, WA 
KHALIL ABDUL-RAZAQ

40

Kennewick, WA
JESUS GEORGE SANCHEZ

56

Eltopia, WA
SINAN AKRAWI 

44

La Mesa, CA
MOHAMMED NAJI AL-JIBORY

54

Kennewick, WA

Four defendants have not been located at this time and are considered fugitives.  If convicted, the defendants face the following possible maximum statutory sentences: 20 years in prison for conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and each count of mail and wire fraud; 20 years in prison for conspiracy to obstruct an official proceeding and each count of witness and evidence tampering; 10 years in prison for conspiracy to commit health care fraud; and five years in prison for making false statements to the FBI.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, with the assistance of the National Insurance Crime Bureau.  This case is being prosecuted by George J.C. Jacobs, III and Dominique Juliet Park, Assistant United States Attorneys for the Eastern District of Washington.

An indictment is merely an allegation and all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

4:21-CR-6042-SMJ

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