(New York Daily News) Police in Texas have freed four men from a north Houston home where they were held captive in an alleged scheme to defraud them out of welfare, Social Security and veterans’ benefit checks.

The victims range in age from 50 to 80, police said. In addition, four women, three of whom are believed to suffer from physical disabilities and mental illness, were also found at the home, thought it is not yet known whether they were being held captive.

Police Sgt. Steven Murdock said a neighbor called authorities Friday morning expressing concern about men in the house in the northern part of the city. Officers who responded found three men locked in a “prison room” in a garage and a fourth man in the home.

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