Ex-Pinole cop gets jail time for bankruptcy fraud in elder abuse case
HAYWARD -- A former Pinole police officer accused of tricking an elderly Pleasanton neighbor into leaving him her estate was sentenced Wednesday to 66 days in jail and five years felony probation.
"You did everything you could to get your mitts on what Ms. Jones had," Judge Michael Gaffey told Matthew Messier, who had been second-in-command on the Pinole police force before his 2012 retirement while under police investigation.
"Instead of being a law enforcement officer, you are now a felon," Gaffey said.
Danville Father, Daughter Accused of Cheating Seniors Face Elder Abuse, Money Laundering Charges
Each defendant is charged with 60 felony counts, including financial elder abuse, burglary, forgery, conspiracy and money laundering.
The owners of a home improvement company accused of ripping off dozens of seniors by selling them customized showers based on bogus claims are scheduled to make their initial court appearances Wednesday in Riverside.
Thompson Falls man convicted of elder abuse
SUPERIOR – It’s difficult to call it a happy ending, but when Ben Poat died in August, he got to do it in his own home.
That was all he wanted.
On Thursday, the man who authorities said took advantage of the 84-year-old to obtain ownership of Poat’s property, vehicles and control of his money, was convicted in Mineral County District Court.
A jury found Daryl Enos Strang of Thompson Falls guilty of two felonies: Purposely or knowingly abusing or neglecting a victim, and exploitation of an elderly person resulting in losses in excess of $25,000.
$142,000 was drained out of Poat’s bank account over the course of a year.