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Saturday, 23 May 2015

Couple leaves over $847k inheritance to the US Govt.

A married couple, immigrants Peter and Joan Petrasek, from Seattle, who had no known relatives left all of their money and assets to "the government of the United States.

Peter Petrasek was born in the 1920s in what was then Czechoslovakia, and would have been 12 when the Nazis invaded.
Details about his early life are scarce, but at some point during World War II he was placed into a youth camp run by the German air force, according to The Seattle Times but applied for immigration status in the US and was granted. His sister and parents all died during the Nazi invasion.

Little has been reported about Joan's origins, other than that she was from Ireland. She married Peter in Ottawa, Ontario, in 1951.
Joan died in 1998 at age 79 from breast cancer. Peter lived another 14 years, dying in 2012 at age 85. It took a lawyer a few years to fulfill the couple's request of donating their estate to the government. (Peter Petrasek) wanted to make a statement about how much it meant to him to be an American citizen," said Peter Winn, an assistant U.S. attorney who handled the couple's donation.

ABC News reported on Thursday that last month, a cashier check totaling $847,215.57 was made out to the Department of the Treasury.

The government deposited the money into its general fund.

66 comments:

Unknown said...

Wow!


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AbokiDaWarriBoy said...

Chai.. Oghene biko... warri boys ain't smilling o.

Unknown said...

Gods own country

Anonymous said...

if i hear say i leave money for government....instead i wee go from house to house and share am... better still i wee give everything to the church or charity

Unknown said...

Charity would have been more preferable. Anyways its their choice.

Unknown said...

This is wonderful.
Charity would have been better.

Unknown said...

Wow! awesome thing

NaijaDeltaBabe said...

Too much money

Unknown said...

Respect a dead man's wish but why pour a glass of water into an ocean? Ogbeni there are lots of homeless people in the United States why not help change someone's life? O well not. Y money.

#FOCUS n #ACHIEVE

Francis said...

A couple who were proud to b US citizens even tho they aint originally from America. I doubt a day will come where I'd be proud to say am a Nigerian

prettiyz said...

Wow,y give money to the government when u can give it to the poor

Anonymous said...

Why not leave it to me. Lol. follow us and like our page on Facebook. @ankaraloverz on Facebook to get the latest fashion trends.

Anonymous said...

When I'm here chai

Abekeade said...

That kind thing no fit happen here for Naija oooo
Lmao......

Abekeade said...

That kind thing no fit happen here for Naija oooo
Lmao......

Unknown said...

Really.. that's nice

BONARIO NNAGS said...

So nice and thoughtful of them.

~BONARIO~says so via NOKIA LUMIA

Manuel Kunmi said...

Wooooow

pojokshare said...

woww...suppose a bit of money that was given to me :D

Wilsoniyke said...

Noooooo, they are my grandparents.... America hear me out... I have been looking for them since.... Wow...

adi said...

suppose a bit of money that was given to me :D
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Unknown said...

No comment,cos i really want my visa to America.

ary said...

Wow what a way to show your appreciation! But didn't they have any kids?!

Unknown said...

Awwwww mtcshewwww abeg I no wan talk. Dave now Daniel Craig

Unknown said...

Odikwa mma ma makarisia kwa

Nwoba Christian said...

That can only happen in America nt here

Unknown said...

..imagine if na Nigerian lawyer.. osheeee. #MallamMaiShayi..

Unknown said...

..imagine if na Nigerian lawyer.. osheeee. #MallamMaiShayi..

Unknown said...

Wow....nice one.



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Unknown said...

white men and there foolishness. U don't have a known relation, why not better someones life by adoption or better still donate it to red cross, NGO or a charity/orphanage home.

Anonymous said...

Even their own son of the soil don't give back to the government yet they all hate immigrants!

Anonymous said...

How patriotic of them!





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Unknown said...

Rare and kind

Anonymous said...

So thoughtful of d couples.........#yawning#

Anonymous said...

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Unknown said...

Eeyaah!

Unknown said...

Hmmm

The Therapist said...

Our politicians should reduce their money for Nigeria

Unknown said...

How nice!!!

Unknown said...

Indeed America was a safe haven during the world War II.

dudette said...

Hmmmm should have given it to an orphanage

Unknown said...

Government instead of orphanage
home?....anyway....its by choice tho.

Unknown said...

linda u did not post any of my comment. Y?

Unknown said...

Dey r ma lost great grand parents. Pls Linda tell dem dere great grand son waz kidnapped n brought to Nigeria. Pls dey should locate me. +2348111336684 dats ma nos

Anonymous said...

Is this an historic donation or has it happened before?

Unknown said...

Choi! Why dem no come adopt me nah??? Linda take note!

Eze said...

See this shadow....u think USA is like ur country where the government embezzle everything

Eze said...

Why is everybody talking abt orphanage, we are talking abt USA not Nigeria, can u all pls delete that Nigeria mentality for the sake of this post, these is America where they government spends more than u can imagine on taking care of the homeless, where do u think all that money comes from huh...........if its Nigeria then all ur suggestions would have been considered

Eze said...

Try and read well

Anonymous said...

They Shld have adopted me and passed it down to me... Chai!!

China said...

He gave it to the government because they will use it for something good and worthwhile and at least they take care of the less privileged. Unlike Naija, whr the reverse is the case.

Unknown said...

Wow. Charitably nice

Anonymous said...

Life is a choice

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Anonymous said...

Rather than the govt I think he should have donated it to breast cancer research since his wife died from it but it was his cash, and also I don't know the effects the war had on him aside from loosing his family that made him so grateful to the US.

Unknown said...

I wonder y they didn't will d money to d motheless baby home's or any place that d money wil really b of use.

Their personal choice, and decision which I consider to b poor.

Unknown said...

THEY COULD HAVE GIVEN IT TO AN ORPHAN OR HOMELESS/ LESS PRIVILEGE CHARITIES NAH.

WHY GIVE IT TO US GOVERNMENT WHO MAY NOT USE IT FOR SOMETHING GOOD.

doris1 said...

Abeg! I dey vex 4 dis pple. When there are a lot of homeless pple. Every where. Ok o.

Unknown said...

It is permissible for government that works, after all wealthy Nigerians die and leave multiples of that amount to foreign governments,

Unknown said...

It is permissible for government that works, Nigerians wey get moni den leave billions for Switzerland when dem die, cos their children no go fit claim am

Subomi said...

I have tried to think about this and look from all angles possible, sorry still makes no sense

Anonymous said...

Others dey leave fortune for their govt, naija own na to steal from the govt.
What an irony of life.

Anonymous said...

Do you even realize the magnitude of the charitable work the US government does all over the world? Giving the money to the government is akin to giving it to charity. Thank God there's a country like the US in this world, despite some of her excesses.

ASAMPOKOTO said...

It's probably Cus they gave him his life and freedom

andre kelvin said...

Rubbish! Y not give the money to the less privilege

Unknown said...

@Royal in the u.s most things is organised and works as planned. Is not a must to will it to motherless, the govt knows better were to fix it. Ok?

Amarachi said...

This can't happen in Naija cos the lawyer in charge would've taken it all.

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