At a hearing replete with a disguised witness and videotaped testimony from a hospital bed, a Senate committee on the problems of the elderly leveled a blistering attack Monday on unscrupulous home equity lenders.

Elderly witnesses complained of hard-sell tactics used to peddle loans that they did not need and could not afford. The lenders are "stripping, flipping, and packing" their way to profits, said Sen. Chuck Grassley, R- Iowa, referring to some of the favored scams.

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