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Jagdish Chawla seemed like he had accomplished the American dream. The Indian immigrant had launched a successful chain of East Bay pizza parlors, become a U.S. citizen, and built his dream house high up in the Hayward hills.
But last year, one of his daughters got a surprise phone call: Your dad is homeless, sleeping on the floor of the local temple.
Chawla, 80, had been a victim of elder abuse, his family says, duped into selling his house and emptying his life savings after marrying a younger woman.