PLEASANTON -- A former commander in the Pinole Police Department and his wife have been charged with trying to defraud an 82-year-old Pleasanton man, police said Friday.
Matthew Messier, 36, of Pleasanton was charged with several crimes, including four counts of elder abuse. Pleasanton police said Messier and his wife, 30-year-old Elizabeth Regalado, tried to defraud the victim by placing his entire estate into a trust they controlled.
Police arrested Messier at his home Friday but are still trying to locate Regalado.
Messier also was charged with three counts of attempted grand theft, two counts of registering a fraudulent document, one count of criminal conspiracy and one count of practicing law without a license. Regalado has been charged with one count of criminal conspiracy.
I strongly suggest that Mr. Messier get in contact with Daniel Kristof Lak.