INDIANAPOLIS - Almost a month after businessman Timothy Durham was sentenced to 50 years in prison, the federal court has released the hundreds of letters victims sent to the court pleading for justice.
Durham violated the trust of thousands of people who in letters spelled out their fears, frustrations and the financial melt downs they've been facing because of the men convicted of running a so-called Ponzi scheme.
Randall Robart wrote that Durham and his business partners Thomas Cochran and Rick Snow were "stealers of hope."
Robart, who lost $40,000, compared Durham to the Grinch in the popular children's book.
Grace Hausch, 95, who lives in an assisted living facility, wrote that she worries every day about being kicked out since her $20,000 disappeared.
Former Nun Barbara Lukacik lost $125,000.
"I only wanted to provide for myself so as not to take from the government money that is truly meant for the poor," Lukacik said.
Dewayne McVay and his wife Brenda invested the $130,000 life insurance payout with Durham's now-bankrupt Fair Finance. The family received the money when their Marine son was killed.
In court, Judge Jane Magnus Stinson read the letter by 94-year-old Chester Martin, who said, "NOW WHAT? HELP!"
Maria Curk, who survived the Nazi concentration camps, thought she'd seen it all. She lost her retirement money and told the court, "These terrible men took away my peace of mind."
There are many more letters that flooded the federal court in Indianapolis, some typed, others handwritten, with pleas of investors.
When Durham, Cochran and Snow were sentenced to prison last month, the law spoke and the letters were heard.