Reporting Steve Miller
(CBS) — The McHenry County man who found $150,000 in his vegetable garden two years ago – and was fighting off other claims to the cash- has died, reports WBBM’s Steve Miller.
51-year-old Wayne Sabaj died Monday night, says his attorney Robert Burke.
“He apparently had a diabetic problem of some sort and apparently they were unable to revive him,” said Burke.
Burke says in just over a week, on July 11, the fight over who has a right to the cash is back in court. Burke says Sabaj knew it would be the most likely the final chapter before he received at least some of the cash in a settlement. Now his portion will go to his estate.
Burke says the cash will also be distributed to the estate of Sabaj’s 87-year-old neighbor who died six months ago.
She also claimed the money. Burke says the woman probably did throw the money into Sabaj’s garden.
“The mother had dementia,” said Burke. “I mean, why would you throw away $150,000 if you were of sound mind. She said it was cursed.”