According to a new release From the IRS, a hairdresser and an actress have been indicted on 12 counts in connection with a wild multi-million dollar fraud scheme involving a dying doctor.
Before his death, hairstylist Anthony David Flores, aka “Anton David,” of Fresno, and Anna Rene Moore, an actress and former yoga studio, now in Monterrey, Mexico, befriended the man, who was worth more of $60 million.
Beginning in June 2017, Flores and Moore misrepresented themselves to gain the doctor’s trust.
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according to a New York Times report on the case, the doctor was a well-known ophthalmologist in southern California.
The duo eventually moved into her Malibu beach house rent-free, posing as her caretakers. Just a few months later, in September 2017, the victim suffered a mental breakdown that resulted in his arrest.
At that point, Flores convinced the man to give him power of attorney over his financial affairs.
Between September 2017 and May 2018, Flores and Moore are accused of diverting money from the victim’s accounts to their personal accounts.
They also isolated the doctor from his family and friends of decades, keeping him high on a variety of drugs, including LSD. According to the IRS, Flores and Moore in fact gave the victim high doses of LSD during the last days of his life, causing both his physical and psychological health to rapidly deteriorate.
The victim died at his Malibu residence in May 2018.
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flowers and moore [above, left and right, respectively] he continued to live in the house, even going so far as to withhold information about the deceased’s finances from his mother and sister, both Florida residents.
If Flores and Moore are ultimately convicted on all charges, Flores and Moore will face maximum statutory sentences of 20 years in prison for each fraud count, 20 years for conspiracy to commit money laundering and money laundering charges, 10 years for transactional money laundering and a mandatory two-year prison sentence on the aggravated identity theft charge.
It is important to note that both defendants are innocent until proven guilty.
The duo’s upcoming respective court dates have not been publicly announced at this time.
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