A Pleasanton man and former police officer has been arrested and police are searching for his wife in a scam that involved taking advantage of an 82-year-old Pleasanton resident.
Matthew Messier, 36, was arrested Friday on charges of grand theft, three counts of attempted grand theft, four counts of elder abuse, one count of forgery, one count of criminal conspiracy, one count of registering a fraudulent document and a count of practicing law without a license.
Police say Messier, a former police commander with the Pinole Police Department, used his position of authority to gain the trust of the victim, who put his entire estate under the control of the pair.
Messier was arrested at his home this morning and booked into Santa Rita Jail. Messier's wife, Elizabeth Regalado, has not been taken into custody, and police are hoping for help in locating her. Anyone with information is asked to call the Pleasanton Police Department at 931-5100.
Police describe Messier's arrest as the culmination of a months-long investigation that began with a report by Alameda County Adult Protective Services. A complaint was filed by the Alameda County District Attorney's office and two warrants were obtained for Messier and Regalado's arrest.