Man finds $150,000 in his backyard and gets sued

Wayne Sabaj 
By: Sanvi Rizvi 

(Scroll down for money) A man found $150,000 in his backyard, but then he was sued, according to reports.

An Illinois man said that the $150,000 in cash he found in his garden last year generated two competing demands for the money.

Wayne Sabaj, who discovered the money in his McHenry County broccoli garden last year, said the money would have been his if no one had claimed the money by October 1, but officials said that a liquor store near Naperville reported $150,000 stolen and filed a petition in 2010 to claim the money, as did an 87-year-old neighbor of Sabaj.

Both claims were filed two days before the deadline, officials said.

Lawyers for Sabaj’s neighbor, Dolores Johnson, said the woman suffers from memory problems and does not remember what happened to the money that has been collected over several years.

The daughter of Johnson said she believes her mother threw the money into the backyard of Sabaj. Robert Burke, Sabaj’s attorney, said he believes the money was drug money that fell from a sea plane discovered on the Fox River shortly before his client made the discovery.