Mendocino County Sheriff's Office
Press Release
(Title of Crime/Incident) 368(e) PC-Elder Financial Abuse, 530.5 PC-Identity Theft, 12022.1(a)(1) PC-Commit Offense while on Own Recognizance
Report Number:
13-11430    
Coroner Number:
   
Crime/Incident:
368(e) PC-Elder Financial Abuse, 530.5 PC-Identity Theft, 12022.1(a)(1) PC-Commit Offense while on Own Recognizance
Location:
Wedlins Street in Navarro CA
When: Date: 4/1/13 Time: 0800
Victim Info :        
  Name Age Street Address City, State
Victim #1: Richard Bloyd 71 Wendlins Street Navarro
Suspect Info:        
  Name Age Street Address City, State
Suspect #1: Elle Marteeny 34 Wendling Street Navarro
         
Written by: Sergeant Derek Scott
Synopsis: On April 1, 2013 Anderson Valley Resident Deputies Craig Walker and Luis Espinoza initiated a fraud investigation after receiving complaints that a Navarro resident, Elle Marteeny, passed fraudulent checks at several businesses in Mendocino County. The investigation quickly expanded after deputies learned Marteeny also allegedly diverted assets belonging to her boyfriend's ill father, Richard Bloyd.

During the course of the investigation, deputies determined Marteeny used Bloyd's identity to obtain credit and checking accounts in his name, all without his knowledge and consent. Bloyd was hospitalized in January, 2013. Instead of taking care of Bloyd's legitimate expenses, Marteeny diverted funds for personal benefit.

On Tuesday, April 16, 2013, Deputies Walker and Espinoza served a search warrant at the residence Marteeny shares with her boyfriend and Richard Bloyd. Deputies were assisted by personnel from the California Highway Patrol and California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Inside the residence, deputies found documents indicating Marteeny forged Richard Bloyd's name on multiple checks and opened several credit card accounts in his name. Marteeny is believed to have accumulated upwards of $20,000 in debt in Bloyd's name over an approximately one year period.

Based on the investigation, deputies arrested Marteeny for the listed charges and she was transported to the Mendocino County Jail where she was booked and held in lieu of $50,000 bail.

Persons with information on this matter are encouraged to contact Deputy Walker at 707-463-4086.
Approved By: Lieutenant Greg Stefani