Physical therapist dad who killed his wife, three children and family dog in their Disney town home is held without bond at first court appearance and faces four counts of murder
Police in Florida say Anthony Todt, 44, killed wife Megan, children Alex, Tyler and Zoe, and dog at home in Celebration – a gated community designed and developed by Disney in Colchester
Neighbors hadn’t seen the family since mid-December and relatives said they last heard from them January 6
No one appeared to be at home when cops did an initial welfare check but they visited again after a concerned neighbor contacted them on Monday
Records reveal Todt was facing financial ruin and legal jeopardy as it’s revealed he was under federal investigation for charging Medicaid for patients he didn’t see
The family moved from Connecticut two years ago and faced eviction from their homes and business premises as they owed creditors $100,000
Anthony Todt also was under probe in an open ‘False Claims Act investigation’ and federal officers were able to contact him about that
When police obtained a warrant to enter the home Wednesday, they found four bodies, and discovered the family had been inside the entire time even as Todt sent messages to relatives pretending all was well
The suspect was arrested at gunpoint and taken to hospital after having taken some pills
Confessed child killer Anthony Todt, [photo], remained silent during the brief hearing Thursday. He’d admitted to police that hf killed his wife along with their three young children. The judge ordered Todt held without bond and appointed a public defender to represent him.
Investigators however, said the killer was replying to text messages from loved ones, while living with his family’s lifeless bodies for at least two weeks.
Authorities have also uncovered that Todt owed $100,000 to creditors, was on the verge of eviction after falling behind on rent payments.
The plethora of financial crises happened as Todt was being investigated by federal agents for suspected Medicaid fraud related to his businesses in his old base of Connecticut.
Anthony Todt, [mugshot] was arrested on four counts of premeditated murder and one count of animal cruelty for the killings of his wife, three children and the family dog
Todt confessed to killing his wife Megan, their children Alex, Tyler and Zoe, and their dog, according to police. His confession comes a week after his family was reported missing by family members . Neighbors hadn’t seen them since mid-December
Anthony Todt faces four counts of premeditated murder and one count of animal cruelty for the killings of his wife, three children and the family dog
He allegedly used the funds to make payments on more than 20 short-term, high-interest loans he took from various lenders behind his wife’s back, which were separate from the $100,000.
They are believed to have died ‘sometime toward the end of December’.
Osceola County Sheriff Russ Gibson said Wednesday: ‘I can tell you on December 29, 2019, our office received a request by a family member of Anthony Todt who resides outside of the State of Florida to check the well-being of the Todt family because she had been told they had the flu, and she had not heard from them for two days’ .
Officers went to the home on Reserve Place but weren’t able to contact anyone inside.
However, it wasn’t a concern as Todt, who owned practices in Connecticut, was known to travel during the week and fly back to Florida for weekends.
Cops ‘did not observe anything suspicious’ during the visit, Sheriff Gibson said.
Anthony Todt murdered his wife just weeks before their wedding anniversary on Jan 1. The Todts [photo] were married for 20 years and shared three young children
Suspected quadruple murderer Anthony Todt, 44, made his initial court appearance in Florida on Thursday to face charges in the killings of his family members. Todt was under probe in an open ‘False Claims Act investigation’ but details are under seal.
On Monday, officers confirmed four bodies had been found inside the home in Celebration – a gated community in Colchester, Florida. The family had been inside the entire time and Todt exchanged messages with relatives as he lived with the bodies, police said.
Residential eviction filed on December 22 against Anthony and Megan Todt by the landlord at the home in Celebration, Florida. They were being evicted for failure to pay rent
Megan and Anthony Todt [photo], They own two physical therapist businesses and owe two creditors $100,000 after defaulting accounts since 2018
But they returned to the physical therapist’s home on Monday – a day after a concerned neighbor called them.
They obtained a warrant to enter the property and found the family had been ‘inside the home the entire time’.
‘Deputies discovered four deceased individuals inside,’ Sheriff Russ Gibson said.
Todt was arrested at gunpoint in front of shocked neighbors. Police added that Todt was taken to hospital after taking Benadryl and making comments about harming himself.
He was booked on four counts of premeditated murder and one count of animal cruelty.
The sheriff continued: ‘The cause of death of the four decedents inside the home is homicide. Anthony has cooperated with the investigation, and he has confessed to killing his wife Megan Todt, 42 years of age…and their three children.’
He added: ‘Anthony also killed their family dog, Breezy.’
Todt was being investigated by US Department of Health and Human services and the FBI since April 2019 over allegations of health care fraud, the Hartford Courant reports.
According to an affidavit, Todt, who operated two physical therapy businesses in Connecticut – including Performance Edge Sports LLC and Family Physical Therapy – billed Medicaid for tens of thousands of dollars worth of bogus appointment.
Todt allegedly admitted to the fraud, telling investigators that he was living well above his means and claiming that his wife knew nothing of his debts.
Five patients of Todt’s have come forward, accusing the physical therapist of billing Medicaid and private insurance companies for tens of thousands of dollars for treatments they never received.
In one case Todt billed Medicaid for more than $24,000 in treatment he never performed, according to the affidavit.
The document recounted how the father-of-three billed Medicaid for therapy sessions even when his offices were closed, and how he inflated the frequency of treatments for patients when submitting his claims to insurance companies.
Todt reportedly admitted to the fraud during his interview with a government agent and said he wished to plead guilty.
Megan Todt seen with Alex, Tyler and Zoe, [photo], was killed by her husband along with her children. They had recently moved from Connecticut to the rented home in Florida on the outskirts of Disney World and in December were served with an eviction notice for their rented home
Doting dad: Family said they last heard from them January 6 but Todt [seen here with his children], sent messages to relatives as he lived with the dead bodies of rhe wife and children he’d killed. Cops first did a welfare check at the home December 29 after family reported concerns.
Family said they last heard from them January 6 but Todt sent messages to relatives as he lived with the bodies. Cops first did a welfare check at the home December 29 after family reported concerns.Authorities weren’t able to contact anyone inside but weren’t concerned as the family often traveled.
Cops returned to the home Monday with a warrant to enter after neighbors contacted them and federal police said they were unable to get in contact.
The Todts had recently moved from Colchester, Connecticut, to Celebration, Florida. They had lived in Florida two years, and court documents show the couple was served with an eviction notice December 22.
A total of $6,300 was reportedly owed for December ($4,921) and January rents at the North Village home. The couple’s one-year lease runs until the end of April 2020.
However, they owned another home 500 feet away on Longview Avenue.
Anthony obtained a physical therapy license in Connecticut in 1999, but the state says his credentials lapsed on September 9, 2019, after they were not renewed.
According to Family Physical Therapy’s ebsite, Megan was a physical therapy instructor at the business. Both Anthony and Megan earned master’s degrees in physical therapy and Megan was also a qualified yoga instructor.
Megan’s licence was active until the end of January.
The landlords of that business office were in the process of eviction for the Middletown Road location last week, the Hartford Courant reports.
He owned $100,000 to two creditors, and two New York investment firms sued Todt in early 2019.
The suspect had agreed to fulfill payments to Green Capital Funding LLC by June 2018 and stopped sending any payment by December 2018.
He owed the company $63,525, including interest and attorney’s fees on a $50,218 damage claim, according to the Norwich Bulletin. The company sued him January 24, 2019.
He stopped paying Business Merchant Funding in February then they sued him in March. He owed them $36,200.Share
Anthony Todt was also under probe in an open ‘False Claims Act investigation’, Attorney William Tong confirmed to Fox 16 on Tuesday. Details of the case connected to Connecticut are sealed.
Feds said they were unsuccessful trying to contact the family, and on January 9 contacted local police.
‘It brings me great sadness to report such a tragedy,’ the sheriff continued in the news conference. ‘I can not understand what would cause a person to commit such evil or horrendous acts.
‘But I can say that if there’s any one person or any family out there that’s going through a crisis or a difficult situation, there’s help out there for you.’
When Todt was only four years old his father was convicted of the attempted murder of his Todt’s mother, Loretta Schmid.
Robert Todt was having an affair and the wrestling teacher ordered one of his special education students to kill his wife, but the mother survived being shot in the face, however she lost an eye in the 1980 incident.
Flowers with a card that reads “In loving memory of Meg, Alek, Tyler, and Zoe. May you all rest in God’s arms,” were attached to the office door of Family Physical Therapy in Colchester, which is owned by the Todts
After the family were feared missing, a Facebook group titled ‘Looking for the Todt Family’ was created where one family friend wrote: ‘Worried sick! I keep sending them messages on messenger and they are being sent but not delivered. I’m guessing their phones are off. Praying for their safe return.’
Social media posts indicated the children were home-schooled.
A neighbor said her husband last saw the family in a packed vehicle on December 15.