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Women shreds more than $1 million to spite heirs

Vienna, Austria – An 85-year old woman shredded more than the equivalent of one million US dollars into tiny pieces in, what authorities say, was an attempt to spite heirs.

The elderly grandmother recently passed away in a retirement home. It was after her death that 950,000 euros were found shredded on her bed along with her savings account books.

Vienna state prosecutor, Erich Habitzl, confirmed the discovery of the money, saying there was nothing he could do for the relatives.

“The damage of the money in the woman’s property is not a criminal matter, so we have not begun any investigation,” Habitzl told AFP.

Kurier did say, however, that the woman’s surviving family will likely have the last laugh. Apparently Austria’s Central Bank said they will replace all the shredded cash.

“If the heirs can only find shreds of money and if the origin of the money is assured, then of course it can all be replaced,” Friedrich Hammerschmidt, deputy head of the OeNB cashier division, told Kurier.


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