This Redditor thought she and her sister were hand in hand in taking care of their dying mom. Later, she found out that she was scheming and stealing millions!
Taking Care of Their Mom
OP (Original Poster) and her younger sister were in their 50s, and their mom recently passed away. While she was still alive, OP’s sister decided to move in with her because she was “getting old and sick.”
Her sister was the one who was constantly there to care for their mom in the last year of her life.
Her Mom’s Wealth
She then shared that their mom had a lot of money in the stock market, and she was sure it amounted to over a million dollars.
OP wrote, “My sister knew about this, as did I. My mom wanted the stocks to go to us when she died.”
What’s Left of It
When their mom died, OP met with the lawyer and executor of the will. When she did, she was surprised to find out their mom had only $6,000 left—it was $6,000 total, including her stocks.
OP was confused because she knew her mom had “a lot” of money the last time she checked.
There was no way her mom could have spent a million dollars in just a year. So, she started investigating what had happened.
What Her Sister Did
While looking into things with the lawyer, OP discovered her sister had been cashing out the stocks and writing the money to herself in checks.
OP said, “She had stolen $1,300,000 from my mom!”
Things Are Making Much More Sense
Things clicked into place in OP’s mind. She said her mom had been asking her for months, while she was alive, to see her bank statements.
Then, when she brought it up to her sister, she would say that she had already shown their mom the documents and was aware of everything that had happened.
Then, OP said her mom told her she had a safe deposit box with more stocks. The twist was that she didn’t tell OP’s sister about it.
OP wrote, “I didn’t know why she didn’t tell my sister at the time, but maybe she thought something was up?”
Thousands of Dollars
So, OP found the safety deposit box and saw another $750,000 in stocks. She told her sister about what she had found.
She said, “I thought it was right to tell my sister about the shares I found because they would technically be both of ours. My sister kept her full-time job when she moved in with my mom, so she wasn’t giving up income; she just has a low-paying job.”
Keeping the Money
Even so, OP’s inclined to keep the $750,000 to herself. After all, her sister has already stolen $1,300,000 from their mom.
OP noted that she didn’t have a problem with the money. Yes, having a cut of the $1,300,000 would be a lot of help, but her main issue is that her sister dared to steal from their mother.
She said, “I talked to my attorney, and they said I could take it to court. It would cost $70,000, and it is a ‘he said, she said.’”
After everything, OP decided to lawyer up and push through with the case.
OP noted, “I will likely be getting a lawyer. This is definitely overwhelming, seeing as my mom recently passed, and I never expected this situation to come up.”
OP noted that, unfortunately, she didn’t expect anything like this to happen. She never even had a reason to think she couldn’t trust her sister.
So, now, she’s asking, “Am I the a**hole for wanting to keep the $750,000 for myself? My sister hasn’t asked for it yet, probably ‘cause she knows I’m investigating what happened. But my husband and my friends say I am no better than her if I don’t share the money.”
The Community’s Two Cents
People believed that OP wouldn’t be doing anything wrong should she keep the money to herself.
One said, “Not the a**hole. If folks are comparing you keeping $750,000 to yourself after disclosing it to your sister with her literally stealing $1,300,000, then they probably should start commenting on Reddit more because their situational awareness and critical thinking skills are perfect for the job.” Another said, “OP should take her to court; it isn’t petty. She stole $1,300,000 from your sick mother with zero remorse. Punish her. That isn’t your sister; she’s a thief.”
She’s in the Wrong!
Redditors told OP that no matter what, it’s her sister who made the wrong move.
This Redditor wrote, “You’re not being petty by not wanting to share the $750,000. Your sister cashed out money meant for an inheritance and paid it out to herself. It certainly looks suspicious, and the burden of proof is on her if you take legal action to prove that she did, in fact, pay significant expenses instead of profiting from a sick and incapacitated, vulnerable family member.”
One commented, “Being petty would be informing the IRS about your sister’s sudden massive increase in income. That’s taxable. Big time. If she stole it, I doubt she reported it. And you still could do this, regardless if you take legal action or not.”
What advice would you give OP? Should she keep the $750,000 for herself?
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This post first appeared as She Inherited $750,000 From Her Late Mom and Learned Her Sister Had Stolen $1,300,000. So, She Decided to Keep the Money, Lawyer Up, and Sue Her Swindling Sister! on Quote Ambition.