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November 21, 2012

Woman Surrenders in Elder Abuse Case


Erin Allday
November 20, 2012

The wife of a former Pinole police commander accused of defrauding an elderly Pleasanton woman has turned herself in to authorities, and as of Tuesday afternoon both husband and wife were free on bail.
Elizabeth Regalado, 30, was charged with conspiracy and posted a $20,000 bail on Friday. Her husband, Matthew Messier, 36, was arrested at the couple's home in Pleasanton last Thursday and charged with several crimes, including elder abuse and grand theft. He pleaded not guilty to the charges and posted a $322,500 bail.
Investigators say Messier used his position as a commander at the Pinole Police Department to gain control of the entire estate of his neighbor, Jean Phyllis Jones, who is 82 and has "diminished mental capacity," according to court records.
Messier resigned from the Pinole police force on Oct. 23.

SOURCE:      The SFGate
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