Austrian Woman Shreds $1.1 Million In Cash So Her Family Members Wouldn’t Inherit It

Not everyone gets along with their family members and sometimes it doesn’t seem as though they’re deserving of an inheritance. An Austrian grandmother felt that very same way, recently, when she realized that her time on this Earth was not going to last forever. With that in mind, she proceeded to shred $1.1 million in cash just so her family members wouldn’t inherit it when she died.

As reported by Click 2 Houston, an 85-year-old woman from Austria was on her deathbed, knowing that she wouldn’t be around much longer. Knowing that she might soon pass away, she realized that her family members were due to inherit her life savings which totaled around $1.1 million.

She wasn’t planning on letting them have it, though.

The woman ended up passing away while living in a retirement home, and that was when everyone realized what she had done. Not only did she destroy the savings accounts books, but found on her bed was also the $1.1 million (950,000 euros), in cash, shredded and in millions of pieces.

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According to Yahoo News, the woman apparently shredded all of the money to spite her heirs and not allow them to have it. State prosecutor Erich Habitzl did confirm that the discovery made in the retirement home was indeed the huge amount of money that she had in her savings before she passed away.

Even though the family members were greatly upset about the situation, Habitzl said there really wasn’t much he could do as nothing criminal was committed.

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

That was not the kind of news the woman’s family was hoping to hear.

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The woman, who did not have her name released, may not have gotten the best of her family, though. in hopes to spite them.

Austria’s central bank, OeNB, is stepping in on the case and are looking to change the outcome of what the woman did. They have told the family that they are willing to replace all of the cash, all $1.1 million of it, but the family needs to do their part, according to Friedrich Hammerschmidt, deputy head of the OeNB cashier division.

“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.

“If we didn’t pay out the money then we would be punishing the wrong people.”

So, for the family to inherit the money, they have to take pieces of it and try to piece it together and determine the origin of it all. It needs to be proven that the money that was destroyed was real and not just a ruse.

It’s not uncommon for people to do strange things with their cash once they know that their time alive is growing short. As reported by the Telegraph earlier this year, one woman decided to leave her jewelry, a trust fund, a holiday home worth around $1.5 million, and around $1.5 million in cash to her god.

Yes, a Maltese Terrier named Bella Mia will be the lone heir for Rose Ann Bolasny when she passes away. Her two sons have been entirely cut out of their mother’s will, but they say they’re “quite happy” for the dog to be left her fortune.

People are allowed to do whatever they want with their money, and that includes shredding $1.1 million just as the Austrian grandmother did. It was her dying wish that her family not inherit it, but her family may still figure out a way to get what she destroyed.

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