PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ Four elderly or mentally deficient people who were kidnapped recently were found Wednesday in a New York motel with two others, and three men were arrested.

Officials were investigating whether the three were trying to steal the victims' government benefits, said police Capt. Roger Campbell.

Authorities found one woman and five men in a confused mental state at the Club Fantasy motel in Antwerp, N.Y., near Lake Erie, Campbell said.

Four had been taken from two Philadelphia boarding homes in the past two weeks; the other two told investigators they had been kept at the motel for up to two years, police said.

Police arrested the motel owner, James Major, 37, of Gouverneur, N.Y.; John T. Johnson, 39, of Philadelphia; and George Lawrence, 32, who was living in a trailer at the motel, authorities said.

Johnson was charged with kidnapping, unlawful restraint, false imprisonment and theft by extortion, Campbell said.

He suffered an apparent heart attack after his arraignment, and was in guarded condition in the intensive care unit at Misericordia Hospital, hospital spokeswoman Lelina Prince said. Johnson's bail was set at $50,000.

Major and Lawrence were arraigned in Jefferson County Court in Watertown, N.Y., on charges of being fugitives from justice and were held without bail, said Robert Marquart of the New York state police in Oneida.

Philadelphia police were trying to extradite them to face the same charges as Johnson, Campbell said.

State police in New York also arrested one of the six found at the motel on a fugitive from justice charge, Marquart said. Cornell Weaver, 38, wanted in Pennsylvania in a probation violation stemming from a robbery conviction, also was held without bail, Marquart said.

Weaver and another man found at the motel, Robert Leidel, 63, may have been living at the Club Fantasy for as long as two years, Marquart said.

The kidnapping scheme came under investigation Tuesday night when a woman told officials her brother had been missing since Sunday from a Philadelphia boarding home, police said.

Authorities discovered that Johnson, posing as a private investigator, had phoned the home's owner, Ruby Grigsby, and said he knew the man's whereabouts and would return him for $200.

Others found at the motel were Charles Davidson, 54; Joseph Dillon, 61; Michael Apechillo, 50; and Mary Novotny, 72.

None of the six found in the motel appeared to be mistreated, said Carol Trahan, a social worker who interviewed them Wednesday afternoon at Mercy Hospital in Watertown.