Florida Man Allegedly Confesses To Murdering His Wife, Three Kids Near Disney World
Anthony Todt reportedly was facing a fraud investigation and mounting financial issues.
A physical therapist accused of killing his family has confessed to quadruple murder, police said.
Anthony Todt, 44, was taken into custody on Jan. 13 after authorities discovered the bodies of his wife, Megan, 42, their three children, Alek, 13, Tyler, 11, and Zoe, 4, and their dog, Breezy, inside the family’s home in Celebration, Florida, a gated community near Disney World.
Osceola County Sheriff Russ Gibson stated at a Wednesday press conference that the victims may have been killed “sometime towards the end of December.”
Orlando’s WESH-TV reported that a concerned relative asked police to do a wellbeing check on the Todts on Dec. 29 after she hadn’t heard from them in days. A deputy went to the family’s home and left after nobody answered the door.
Gibson said that on Jan. 13, federal agents conducting an investigation into Todt’s businesses in Connecticut, where he lived during the week, asked the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office for backup to serve a search warrant on the Florida property. Officers discovered the bodies after they gained access to the home.
"Three children and a mother have lost their lives at the hands of a supposed husband and a father…This is despicable," said Gibson.
He added: "We grieve along with the victims’ family and friends, along with the community for this tragic loss of innocent lives. Myself, I cannot understand what would cause a person to commit such evil and horrendous acts."
Public and court records obtained by the Hartford Courant reveal Todt’s physical therapist license expired in September 2019 and his Connecticut-based business, Family Physical Therapy, suddenly closed nearly two months later.
The publication reported he was facing a federal criminal Medicaid fraud investigation, eviction notices, and other financial and legal issues.
According to an affidavit, Todt allegedly admitted to billing Medicaid tens of thousands of dollars for fraudulent physical therapy services. He then used the money to make payments on over 20 high-interest loans.
“Todt stated that he kept having to bill for services that were not rendered to keep pace with the personal loans that he took out. When asked if he was living above his means, Todt replied, ‘That’s the best way to put it,’” Department of Health and Human Services Special Agent Jeffrey W. Anderson wrote in the affidavit.
“When the agents asked Todt if his wife, Megan, knew about his fraudulent billing practices, Todt responded, ‘No, only me.’ Todt then asked the agents how long the investigative process would last and stated that he wanted to plead guilty,” the affidavit reads.
Todt is facing four counts of first-degree homicide and one felony count of animal cruelty. He is being held without bail at the Osceola County jail.
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