Breaking News Bar
updated: 7/11/2013 6:18 PM

Cash found in garden given to neighbor's daughter

hello
Success - Article sent! close
 
Associated Press

A McHenry County judge awarded most of the $150,000 found by a Johnsburg man to the daughter of the neighbor who claimed the money. Wayne Sabaj died last week at age 51 from complications resulting from diabetes. Sabaj found a nylon bag stuffed with bundles of $20 bills in his garden in 2011. He turned the money over to the McHenry County sheriff's office, which told him he could keep the cash if no one claimed it.

Sabaj's neighbor Delores Johnson claimed the money, saying she thought it was cursed and had thrown it over the fence. Johnson died in December at the age of 87.

Judge Thomas Meyer on Thursday gave the money to Johnson's daughter, Diane Howe. He gave an undisclosed finder's fee to Wayne Sabaj's son, Kevin.

Share this page
Comments ()
Guidelines: Keep it civil and on topic; no profanity, vulgarity, slurs or personal attacks. People who harass others or joke about tragedies will be blocked. If a comment violates these standards or our terms of service, click the X in the upper right corner of the comment box. To find our more, read our FAQ.