Hairstylist to Plead Guilty in $2.7 Million Fraud Case Involving Malibu Ophthalmologist’s Estate

A Hearing for the Change of Plea Is Scheduled for Oct. 19

A hairstylist accused of defrauding a Malibu ophthalmologist out of over $2.7 million prior to the doctor’s demise and subsequently attempting to divert an additional sum exceeding $20 million from the estate has agreed to plead guilty to federal charges, according to Patch.

Anthony David Flores, 47, who goes by the name Anton David and practices hairstyling in Fresno, is set to enter his plea for nine charges, including conspiracy to commit mail fraud, wire fraud, and conspiracy to engage in money laundering, as indicated by the U.S. Department of Justice.

A hearing for the change of plea is scheduled for Oct. 19 in Los Angeles federal court.

Flores’ co-defendant and former romantic partner, Anna Rene Moore, 39, a yoga instructor/actress, previously pleaded guilty to seven charges out of the indictment’s total of 12. Moore, who last resided in Monterrey, Mexico, is expected to be sentenced in January.

Prosecutors allege that the couple, who at the time lived in Fresno and managed a window cleaning business and yoga studio, first encountered Dr. Mark Sawusch in June 2017 at a Los Angeles-area ice cream parlor. Sawusch, a physician and successful investor worth more than $60 million, had grappled with mental illness and was incapable of self-care after being discharged from the hospital following several involuntary psychiatric hospitalizations, according to Patch.

From September 2017 to May 2018, Flores and Moore are alleged to have diverted the victim’s funds into their personal bank accounts, isolated Sawusch from his family and friends, and supplied him with drugs, including marijuana and LSD.

In his final days, Flores and Moore reportedly administered LSD to Sawusch, which severely deteriorated his mental state, Patch reported.

Four days before Sawusch’s death and while he remained under the influence of LSD, Flores purportedly initiated two $1 million wire transfers from the physician’s brokerage account to accounts under his control, including his personal bank account, as per the DOJ.

In May 2018, Sawusch passed away in his Malibu home at the age of 57. Following his demise, Flores and Moore returned to the Malibu residence, withdrew substantial sums of money from the deceased man’s accounts, according to Patch.

In the subsequent lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, Flores and Moore violated multiple court orders to return the funds they had taken from the victim. They allegedly attempted to launder the fraudulent proceeds by routing the money through various accounts to thwart Sawusch’s estate and the court-appointed receiver from recovering the money.

The lawsuit was settled with Flores and Moore agreeing to repay the doctor’s estate $1 million, which they have reportedly failed to do.

in News
Related Posts

Make Science Your Destination This Summer

April 19, 2024

April 19, 2024

Destination Science is the fun science day camp for curious kids with over 15 STEM activities weekly, three science stations...

Prime Time Sports Camps Coming Soon

April 19, 2024

April 19, 2024

Prime Time Sports Camp has remained a constant in the everchanging camp landscape for over 30 years by following this...

Groundlings Summer Improv Classes Open April 2

April 19, 2024

April 19, 2024

A summer of improvisation is around the corner at The Groundlings. Three months of summer class offerings for teens will...

VNC Fails to Pass Compromise Revisions on Third Try

April 19, 2024

April 19, 2024

Board Composition Will Remain the Same for the 2025 Elections By Nick Antonicello  The April meeting of the Venice Neighborhood...

SMC to Host Applied Music Showcase in May

April 19, 2024

April 19, 2024

Highlighted Students Set to Perform a Variety of Songs, Instrumental Solos, Ensemble Pieces, and Original Compositions Santa Monica College’s Music...

Report: Video Game Mogul Lists Palisades Home for $9.2M

April 18, 2024

April 18, 2024

Built in 2018, the Wood-Shingled Home Spans 7,000 Square Feet across Multiple Levels Dan Houser, the English video game magnate,...

Agreement Between SMMUSD and Malibu Moves District Separation Efforts Forward

April 18, 2024

April 18, 2024

The Agreement Awaits Approval by Both the Malibu City Council and the Smmusd Board of Education The City of Malibu...

(Video) Award-Winning Pianist to Premiere “Rocket Man: A Live Orchestral Experience” in Santa Monica

April 18, 2024

April 18, 2024

Classic Songs Will Include “Crocodile Rock” and “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” @palisadesnews “Rocket Man” is coming soon to Santa Monica...

Legislation Seeks to Place Speed Cameras on Pacific Coast Highway

April 17, 2024

April 17, 2024

The Proposed System Would Work Alongside Radar Feedback Signs, with Violators Facing Fines of up to $500 Malibu officials, led...

Girls Learn Self Defense at Empowerment Summer Camp for Girls

April 17, 2024

April 17, 2024

This summer, girls are invited to explore practical self defense training at SHIELD Women’s Self Defense’s 2024 Empowerment Summer Camp...

Marina del Rey Apartment Shooter Faces 20 Felony Charges, Could Spend Life in Prison

April 17, 2024

April 17, 2024

The Self-Employed Chef Is Being Held in Lieu of Over $5M Bail By Zach Armstrong A man accused of firing over...

Brentwood Art Center: Kids Explore Fundamentals of Drawing, Painting and Mixed Media

April 17, 2024

April 17, 2024

The beloved Brentwood Art Center is hosting summer camps at its new location at Olympic and 17th in Santa Monica. ...

Camp Integem: Explore, Design and Innovate with Future Tech

April 17, 2024

April 17, 2024

This summer, kids are inviting to make magic as they journey into the fun-filled, hands-on world of artificial intelligence (AI),...

(Video) Mayor & Vice Mayor of Santa Monica Speak Out Against Needle Exchange Program

April 16, 2024

April 16, 2024

The Demonstration was Organized by the Santa Monica Coalition @palisadesnews A Santa Monica rally has held against the needle exchange...

Los Angeles County District Attorney Announces Charges In Brutal Venice Sexual Assaults

April 16, 2024

April 16, 2024

Charges Filed Against Suspect in Venice Canals Case by LADA George Gascon Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón has...