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* Pleasanton Police Arrest Matthew Messier For Defrauding Elderly Man

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Pleasanton police arrested a former Pinole police commander today and are seeking his wife on suspicion of defrauding an elderly man. Matthew Messier, 36, was arrested following a months-long investigation into an elder abuse case reported by Alameda County Adult Protective Services on behalf of an 82-year-old Pleasanton man, said police Sgt. Kurt Schlehuber. Messier, a Pleasanton resident, and his wife Elizabeth Regulado, 30, allegedly used his position of authority to gain the elderly victim’s trust and then placed the man’s entire estate into a trust only they controlled, Schlehuber said.

Messier was employed by Pinole police at the time the incident was reported. He was arrested on a warrant on suspicion of grand theft, three counts of attempted grand theft, four counts of elder abuse, forgery, two counts of registering a stolen document,criminal conspiracy and practicing law without a license, police said. Regulado is wanted for one count of criminal conspiracy.

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