Death and deceit in Malibu: How yogi couple befriended and stole millions from vulnerable rich doctor

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The tragic end of Dr. Mark Sawusch’s life all started in an ice cream shop in Venice Beach. On June 23, 2017, Sawusch — a brilliant, but troubled ophthalmologist who struggled with bipolar disorder — met Anton David and Anna Moore. It was a fateful encounter that would eventually lead to his death and the … Read more

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Hi, MarketWatchers. Don’t miss these top stories. Death and deceit in Malibu: How yogi couple befriended and stole millions from vulnerable rich doctor Anton David and Anna Moore are accused of pretending to be caretakers for Dr. Mark Sawusch while really having an eye on his $60 million fortune. Read More ‘We are not visible, … Read more

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