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'Pension poachers' profit off benefits meant for elderly veterans, widows

Business is booming in a multibillion-dollar government program that offers modest pensions to America’s neediest elderly war-time veterans – and that’s not necessarily a good thing. Lawmakers, advocates and government officials say unscrupulous financial advisers – “pension poachers” – are taking advantage of veterans, selling unneeded services, making promises they can’t keep and helping hide assets for veterans who may then be unable to access their own funds if they need them.

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