A lot has happened in the decade since the state busted the Meredith-based Financial Resources Mortgage Ponzi scheme that robbed nearly 150 people of $20 million. A state audit faulted the investigations led by state banking and justice officials. One of the key players wrote a book and ran for governor. And the ringleader has lost multiple bids to serve his remaining prison sentence in his father’s house.

What hasn’t happened is compensation for the victims despite a 2016 law that created – but never funded – a process for repaying them. That would change under the state budget, which includes $10 million over two years for victims of the FRM fraud. Supporters say the state’s inadequate investigation obligates it to compensate victims.

Sen. Gary Daniels, a Milford Republican who chairs the Senate Finance…

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