Police: Man Killed For Monthly Checks

Accused killer cashed $600,000 in Indian tribal reservation checks

Police said a murder suspect cashed and collected $600,000 in Indian tribal reservation checks sent monthly to victim whom he lived with.

The human remains found last week at Frank Valles' residence is believed to be of Alphonso John Hyde who was reported missing in early August.

Police reports revealed Hyde lived with Valles and his wife in 2008 and that he may have been dead for four years before police discovered his remains.

In recent months, Valles' wife believed he was cheating on her and she set a digital recorder in the kitchen.

In the recording, Valles is overheard telling another man, identified as Pablo Medrano, that he would pay $1,000 to move Hyde's remains

Medrano agreed.

According to the police report, Medrano spoke of using horse manure to cover up the odor and talked about moving the body to Valles' new residence on Curnow Avenue.

Police reports say Valles was stealing Hyde's Indian tribal reservation checks through his power of attorney.

Those 23 ABC spoke to in the Native American community said Indian tribal reservation checks are basically allotment checks tribes issue to members after making a profit from land sales, selling use of land or businesses like casinos.

Police reports say Alphonso Hyde was receiving $10,000-$20,000 monthly in Indian tribal reservation checks.

Valles had power of attorney over Hyde's finances and according to police reports, collected and cashed $600,000 of Hyde's Indian reservation checks.

Aging and Adult Services said financial abuse is common when it comes to caregivers, family or friends with power of attorney.

"We take about 600 financial abuse cases per year. If (the culprit) had been put on an account they often cash the checks so you have to be careful who you put on your bank account and who you allow to do your banking," said Michele Gomez of Aging and Adult Services.

Valles is awaiting arraignment for charges of first-degree murder and murder for financial gain.

Police are also looking for Argelio Salinas for the unlawful disposal of a human body, conspiracy to commit a crime, and accessory.

Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts is encouraged to call the Bakersfield Police Department at 327-7111 or Detective Jeff Saso at 326-3535.

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