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Man Pays Legal Settlement With 4 Tons of Quarters

Father has to return money he got from accident that killed son
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 1, 2013 7:28 PM CDT

(Newser) – A southern Illinois businessman has paid off part of a court-ordered legal settlement with nearly four tons of quarters packed into dozens of bags. Roger Herrin of Harrisburg was ordered by an appellate court to repay $500,000 in insurance money related to a 2001 car accident in which his teenage son died. The reimbursement followed years of legal disputes about how the insurance money was apportioned to the crash victims.

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Herrin originally got $600,000 of the $800,000 payout, but other victims then sued, reports the Huffington Post. In protest of the court decision, the 76-year-old Herrin repaid nearly a third of the money—$150,000—with 50-pound bags of quarters he had trucked in by the Federal Reserve bank in St. Louis. The coins were delivered Wednesday to a Marion law firm. Herrin says he paid in quarters because paying in pennies wasn't feasible. (Read more strange stuff stories.)

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