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Torture Charges Filed in Loan Agent Attack

Prosecutors say five people have been charged in Los Angeles with torturing and robbing two men they thought falsely promised to save their home from foreclosure.

Two men were charged Monday with torture, robbery and false imprisonment. A man and two women pleaded not guilty to the same charges Friday.

Prosecutors say Daniel Weston and Mary Ann Parmelee hired two loan modification agents in hopes of keeping their home but believed the men took their money and did nothing.

Prosecutors claim the victims were lured to a Glendale office on Oct. 20, held for hours, beaten and robbed before one escaped.

CBS News station KCBS-TV reported Monday that the loan modification agents were badly beaten and that police detectives found weapons in the office where the alleged torture took place.

Weston, Parmelee, Mario Gonzalez, Marissa Parker and Gustavo Canez remained jailed on about $1 million each.

An attorney for Gonzalez and Parker says his clients are innocent and the loan modification agents were frauds.

For more on this story, watch KCBS' report:

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