Anthony David Flores and Anna Moore dress up as John Lennon and Yoko Ono in the 2020 Fulton Yoga Collective Facebook photo.
February 1, 2023 – Published at 5:10 PM
Written by business journal staff
The Justice Department has filed 12 counts of a Fresno hair stylist and downtown yoga instructor for attempting to defraud more than $20 million from his estate after defrauding doctors of more than $2.7 million before his death. announced that he had been charged with an indictment. Wednesday.
Anthony David Flores, 46, of Fresno, aka “Anton David,” was arrested in Fresno last week by federal agents. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges against him, and a detention hearing is scheduled for February 10 in the Eastern District of California, according to a Justice Department news release.
His co-defendant, Anna Renee Moore, 39, an actress and former yoga studio owner who now lives in Monterrey, Mexico, was arrested in Houston on Tuesday after arriving on a flight from Mexico. She first appeared in the South Texas District. Both defendants are scheduled to appear in federal court in Los Angeles in the coming weeks.
Flores and Moore, who ran the Fulton Yoga Collective, have each been charged with nearly a dozen counts, including conspiracy to wire fraud, money laundering, and involvement in financial transactions of criminally-derived property.
According to the indictment, Flores and Moore used false promises and representations to befriend their victims beginning in June 2017. The victim was a doctor and successful investor with over $60 million in assets who suffered from mental illness and lost the ability to care for himself. Within days of meeting the victim, Flores and Moore moved into the victim’s beachfront Malibu home, rent-free, pretending to be his new “best friend” and caregiver, and slowly sluggish him. took control of the life of
In September 2017, after the victim suffered a severe mental breakdown and was arrested and detained in the Los Angeles County Jail, Flores fraudulently induced the victim to give Flores control over the victim’s finances. It is said that he signed a power of attorney to
Flores allegedly stated that he would only use these powers to access the victim’s money and pay bail for his release, and would revoke them as soon as the victim was released from prison. increase. However, after the victim was released from custody, Flores broke this promise and used these powers to open a bank account in the victim’s name so that he and Moore could access the victim’s wealth. bottom.
From September 2017 to May 2018, Flores and Moore diverted victims’ funds into their own bank accounts, isolated victims from family and longtime friends, and drugged them with drugs such as marijuana and LSD. allegedly provided to
During the last days of the victim’s life, Flores and Moore allegedly gave the victim LSD, which severely deteriorated his mental state. When the victim was under the influence of LSD, Flores had previously changed the phone number listed on the victim’s $60 million online brokerage account from the victim’s phone number to his own. , allegedly modified the victim’s two-factor authentication feature.
Four days before the victim’s death, when the victim was still under the influence of LSD allegedly provided by the defendant, Flores subsequently removed funds from the victim’s brokerage account to accounts controlled by Flores, including Flores’ private bank. allegedly initiated two $1 million wire transfers to account. Flores and Moore then left their victims behind. Victim was by this time in distress and had been evicted from his home. From a luxury hotel paid for with the victim’s funds, Flores and Moore allegedly watched the victim’s deteriorating mental state on video cameras installed throughout the Malibu beach house.
In May 2018, the victim died at his home in Malibu at the age of 57. After the victim’s death, Flores and Moore reportedly returned to the victim’s Malibu beachside home and withdrew large sums of money from the victim’s account. They also allegedly hid information about the victim’s finances from their mother and sister, who live in Florida.
In a subsequent lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court, Flores and Moore allegedly violated multiple court orders ordering the return of stolen funds from victims. They allegedly attempted to launder the illicit proceeds by pouring the money into multiple different accounts to prevent the victims’ property and court-appointed recipients from recovering the money. The lawsuit was settled with Flores and Moore agreeing to pay back $1 million to victims’ estates, but so far they haven’t been able to do so.
If convicted on all counts, Flores and Moore face up to 20 years in prison for each fraud charge, 20 years for money laundering and attempted to launder financial instruments, and a commercial sentence. You will be sentenced to 10 years in prison for money laundering. He was sentenced to two years in prison for aggravated identity theft charges.
The FBI and the IRS Criminal Investigative Service have investigated the matter.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew M. Roach of the Cyber and Intellectual Property Crimes Division is prosecuting the case.