17 November 2012

Cop, Wife Charged in Financial Elder Abuse - UPDATE


A former Pinole police commander and his wife have been charged with defrauding an 82-year-old Pleasanton woman by placing her entire estate into a trust they controlled, authorities said Friday.

Matthew Messier, 36, of Pleasanton is accused of using his position as a commander at the Pinole Police Department to gain the trust of his neighbor, Jean Phyllis Jones, who is described in court records as having "diminished mental capacity" and an inability to make financial decisions.

Messier, an 11-year veteran who was second-in-command in Pinole before he resigned on Oct. 23, was arrested at his home Thursday and is facing a host of felony charges. His wife, Elizabeth Regalado, 30, is being sought on a conspiracy charge.

Pleasanton police were alerted to possible elder abuse by the Alameda County Adult Protective Services agency, which checks into the well-being of disabled adults.

The criminal complaint filed by prosecutors says the couple took advantage of Jones, who lives three doors away, starting in January.

This goes to show that it depends entirely where one commits their crimes against elders, I'm damn glad these two had their sorry asses arrested by the authorities.

Robert and Doris Fuller are still at large, not one single agency has moved to bring charges against them. 

I believe their crimes are much more sinister, however, they committed their crimes in Los Angeles County. - BAM

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