I’m not a superstitious person, but sometimes you have to wonder:
A McHenry County man who found $150,000 in his garden has died just days before he was due to collect a portion of the cash, causing some to wonder if his elderly neighbor was right all along.
She said the money was cursed.
Wayne Sabaj, 51, was an unemployed carpenter when he reported finding the bags of cash while picking broccoli in August 2011. He was due to enter into a settlement in court on July 11 that would have split the windfall between him and the neighbor, said his lawyer, Robert Burke.
The neighbor, Delores Johnson, whose daughter had also made a claim for the money on her behalf, also died before the mystery was settled. Johnson, who had dementia and died in December at 87, told her daughter that "she had gotten rid of the money because it was cursed," said Burke, quoting court records.
"Apparently, she was right. The money is cursed," Burke said. ….
Sabaj's father, learning of his son's death, suffered cardiac arrest that same night and remained hospitalized Wednesday, Burke said.