Victims robbed of money, time

Many forgive Rindge man for his theft of their life savings

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Monday, April 04, 2016 7:32PM

Victims of Aaron E. Olson’s $28 million Ponzi scheme say that while they have been driven to a life of poverty and shame, Olson has been living a lavish lifestyle financed by their hard work.

Two weeks prior to Olson’s sentencing, the public was given its first opportunity to hear from some of the victims, with nine impact statements released by the U.S. District Court. The statements named the victims only by initials.

“He took me for just about everything that I have worked for in the last 18 years,” said A.K. “Not only did he take my money, he also took a lot more. He betrayed me! He shattered my sense of trust. He made me look like a fool to the community. I can’t even put into words what this did to me psychologically.”

All nine victims spoke of the loss their families experienced after falling prey to Olson’s scheme. While some were robbed of their life savings, others were most upset about losing valuable time with family.

“Robbing someone of money is one thing, but you robbed me of so much time with my family,” said M.S. “It is sickening that I can’t buy or earn that back.”

Despite being affected in similar ways by the scheme, the victims have different outlooks on what should happen to Olson. While some want him punished and are still bitter, many have already forgiven Olson, as that is what God would want them to do, they say.

“I have forgiven him, I fully expect that I will never see a penny of the money he stole from us,” said S.R.S., who said he has no desire to see Olson punished. “My only hope is that he will repent and tell the truth before he stands judgment at the end of time.”

“We received this devastating news from family members and friends in the community, not Aaron Olson himself,” said S.S.

“This crime will have an effect on us for the rest of our lives.”