Financial Crime: Trouble in paradise: Shock guilty plea roils case of Yoga gurus charged with stealing millions from bipolar Malibu doctor

by | Sep 10, 2023 | Stock Market

Their shared hippie spirit brought them together over a vegan potluck dinner, but the prospect of  years in federal prison for allegedly stealing millions from a mentally-ill Malibu doctor, has driven a wedge between them.  A federal fraud prosecution against a pair of yoga gurus accused of siphoning cash from Dr. Mark Sawusch’s $60 million fortune took a significant turn at the end of August when one pleaded guilty and agreed to testify against the other, her ex-boyfriend, according to court documents and people familiar with the matter.

Anna Moore’s guilty plea before a federal judge in Los Angeles on Aug, 28 represents a serious legal challenge to her long-time partner, Anthony Flores, who faces decades behind bars if convicted in the case. Flores pleaded not guilty after his arrest in January.  Details of Moore’s agreement with federal prosecutors remain under seal, but people familiar with the matter say her ultimate sentence in the case will largely be determined after her level of cooperation is evaluated. A sentencing hearing for Moore was set for Nov. 6.  “We are aware of Ms. Moore’s decision to plead guilty. Obviously this changes Mr. Flores’ legal situation in the case, and we are currently reviewing our options,” Flores’ attorney Ambrosio Rodriguez said.          Messages left with Moore’s attorney weren’t immediately returned. A spokesman for the U.S attorn …

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