Kenneth Bernas was sentenced Wednesday morning to a minimum of two and a third to seven years behind bars for dozens of felony counts, including grand larceny and identity theft.
"He's going to be away for two and third years? He's hurt so many people, then to have it come down to less than you get for a minor violation. It really should have run consecutively," victim Doug Haak said.
Bernas had this to say in court.
"I had the opportunity to work with the finest people in town and threw it way with out thinking," Bernas said.
He stole more than three million dollars from dozens of clients to support his luxurious lifestyle, paying for a brand new $2.6 million home. Bernas also used his clients names and forge signatures to get larges loans for his own use.
"I put my trust in him as a client to lawyers and he defied my trust," victim Paul Brennan said.
Bernas also pled guilty to failure to pay $85 thousand in taxes over a decade.
Now, an organization called "Lawyer's Fund for Client's Protection" is helping to get the victims some of their money back. The judge then ordered Bernas to reimburse the organization when he gets out of jail.
"It does take a toll on person life and what you have to go through with your family to survive." Bernas said.
In the end, the victims said they not only lost money but they lost faith in the legal system.