Unemployed Illinois Man Finds $150k In His Own Backyard

An unemployed Illinois man finds $150,000 in his backyard after looking for broccoli in his garden when he found a duffle bag filled with stacks of $20 bills.

Wayne Sabaj, 49, showed the bag to his father, with whom he lives, and together they decided to alert police. When the McHenry Sheriff’s Department arrived, they discovered a second bag. All told, the bags contained $150,000.

Sabaj told the Northwest Herald that he briefly considered keeping the money for himself. However, he feared not only where the money had come from, but who might be coming back to retrieve it.

“I went and spent my last $10 on cigarettes yesterday, but I turned in $150,000,” Sabaj said.

“I haven’t worked in two years. Yeah, I was like, I could really use this money,” the man said in a statement. “With my luck, it would be bank robbery, and I’d get caught and say I’d robbed a bank.”

The bags are now in the custody of police, who are processing them for fingerprints and any other evidence, according to the Northwest Herald. There are currently no suspects. Investigators left a business card listing a phone number and a “please call” note at the location where the bags were found. If an owner is not identified, police indicated they may assist Sabaj in determining whether he can claim the money.