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Angry man repays insurance money with 4 tons of coins

Published On: Aug 02 2013 09:59:25 AM CDT
Updated On: Aug 02 2013 09:05:43 AM CDT
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A bitter man upset that a court ordered him to return more than $500,000 in insurance money paid back a portion of it in coins.

76-year-old Roger Herrin of Illinois packed four tons of quarters into 150 transparent sacks, each weighing about 50 pounds, and delivered them on a flatbed truck to two law firms, according to The Associated Press.

The $150,000 in coins was nearly one-third of the money an appellate court required Herrin to pay back in relation to a 2001 wreck that killed his teenage son. The court's decision was an attempt to resolve a years-long legal feud among the car accident victims and their families over how $800,000 in insurance proceeds were apportioned.

Herrin's 15-year-old son, Michael, was killed in June 2001. He was a passenger in a Jeep Cherokee that was broadsided by a truck that blew through a stop sign near Raleigh in southern Illinois' Saline County. Three other occupants of the Jeep were injured.

Roger Herrin got $1.6 million compensation through his own coverage. Of an additional $800,000 paid out through other insurance, the Herrin estate got the bulk of it because of Michael Herrin's death, with the remainder of that money distributed to survivors.

Those survivors appealed the decision and won when the Appellate Court ruled against Roger Herrin.

Herrin complied in paying back the money, but did so in protest, by delivering the plastic-sacked quarters.

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