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Pinole Police Commander Charged with Elder Financial Abuse against 80-Year Old Neighbor

You just can’t trust anybody these days.

Jean Phyllis Jones, an 82-year old Pleasanton woman is possibly the victim of two of her neighbors.

Jones, who in court records is characterized as having “diminished mental capacity,” allowed her neighbor Matthew Messier, 36, to write her will and trust, appointed himself executor of her estate and made himself sole beneficiary of that estate. Messier was the second-in-command at the Pinole Police Department until he was charged with felonies relating to the alleged elder financial fraud (elder financial abuse) and arrested. His wife, Elizabeth Regalado, 30, is also being sought and will face a charge of conspiracy.

According to Pleasanton Detective Keith Batt, Messier represented himself to the notary as a police commander at the time the estate documents were signed. He told employees the same when he accompanied Jean Jones to the bank and spent many hours examining the contents of her safe deposit boxes, which included cash, gold and savings bonds. Jones’ home is also valued between $500,000 and $700,000, say the police.

Authorities were alerted to the possibility of elder financial abuse after the Alameda County Adult Protective Services agency received a report.

For his part, Matthew Messier has pleaded not guilty to charges of attempted grand theft, elder abuse, forgery, registering a fraudulent document, conspiracy and practicing law without a license and is in jail in Oakland in lieu of $322,500 bail.

Read the original article in the San Francisco Chronicle (SF Gate).

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