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A tale of elderly exploitation

In a unique investigation built as a narrative, Lee Hancock of the Dallas Morning News reports on a troubling trend of finacial exploitation of the elderly. This series details the experiences of Mary Ellen Bendtsen. "Her crumbling mansion is now a battleground for her relatives and two art-deco antique dealers with a history of befriending elderly Dallasites - and ending up with their homes and money." While this story focuses on the experiences of an individual, it is estimated that "one in five elderly Americans will be victims of some form of financial exploitation, losing at least a third of their assests. For each case reported to authorities, 12 to 15 cases are believed to go unreported."

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