Anthony David Flores, also known as Anton David, and Anna Rene Moore have pleaded guilty to multiple felonies for defrauding a Southern California physician out of over $2.7 million before his death. The couple then attempted to defraud his estate of an additional $20 million. Flores, 47, pleaded guilty to nine felonies, including mail fraud, money laundering, and engaging in monetary transactions derived from unlawful activity. Moore, 40, pleaded guilty to seven felonies.
According to Flores’ plea agreement, he used false promises and representations to befriend the victim, a wealthy physician suffering from a mental illness. Flores and Moore moved into the victim’s beachfront Malibu home and gained control over his life by posing as his caregivers. Flores fraudulently induced the victim to sign powers of attorney, granting Flores control over his finances. Flores and Moore diverted the victim’s funds, isolated him from his family and friends, and provided him with drugs.
In May 2018, Flores caused the victim’s mental state to deteriorate by giving him LSD. While the victim was under the influence, Flores changed the authentication feature on his online brokerage account and initiated two $1-million wire transfers to accounts he controlled. Flores and Moore watched the victim’s deteriorating mental condition from a luxury hotel, using video cameras installed in the Malibu beach house.
After the victim’s death, Flores and Moore withdrew large sums of money from his accounts and concealed information from his family. They filed false creditor’s claims against the victim’s estate, falsely claiming entitlement to $20 million and the beach house. The lawsuit resulted in the discovery of the fraud. Flores and Moore attempted to launder the stolen funds by funneling them through multiple accounts.
Flores is scheduled for sentencing on February 26, 2024, and faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in federal prison. They have so far failed to repay the victim’s estate the agreed-upon $1 million settlement.