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Man Hunts Down Rightful Owner of $200,000
http://articles.news.aol.com/news ^ | 3 17 06 | aolnews

Posted on 03/16/2006 11:58:17 AM PST by freepatriot32

PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. (March 15) - Carlos G. Rojas didn't know what to think when the military life insurance checks started showing up at his office. He didn't know anyone who would have named him a beneficiary, and the checks totaled $200,000.

He called Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance, which pays death benefits to military families, and the customer service representatives insisted the money was his and he should cash the checks, he said.

Rojas couldn't do it.

"It's not like picking up a penny you just found," said Rojas, a 29-year-old marketing consultant. "Somebody's life was connected with that money."

Meanwhile, Carlos M. Rojas, 62, wondered why he had never received life insurance payments for his son, Army Pfc. Kenny Rojas, killed by a land mine in October in Iraq.

Servicemembers' Group assured him the checks were in the mail.

On Tuesday, after weeks of searching, the younger Rojas tracked down the grieving father.

"I believe this belongs to you," he said, handing him the checks.

The two men had never met but once worked in the same Miramar office building - Carlos G. Rojas for Wells Fargo Financial and Carlos M. Rojas for Comcast cable television. Carlos M. Rojas had quit his job at Comcast, though.

The checks, addressed to only "Carlos Rojas," were sent to the building because the elder Rojas had recently moved.

It took nine weeks, but Carlos G. Rojas was able to find a telephone number for the grieving father.

"I feel pretty good that somebody is honest enough to not spend the money," said Carlos M. Rojas. "This is like the last gift from my son. It's still very sad that he is not here. I cry every night."

Servicemembers' Group has spoken with the elder Rojas and will be sending him a letter of apology, spokeswoman Laurita Warner said Wednesday.

"We are investigating this situation to find out what happened and will take steps to make sure this doesn't happen again," she said.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Florida
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Carlos M. Rojas, center, cries Tuesday after receiving $200,000 in insurance checks from Carlos G. Rojas, left, who mistakenly received them.
1 posted on 03/16/2006 11:58:22 AM PST by freepatriot32
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To: freepatriot32

Very decent thing to do.


2 posted on 03/16/2006 12:00:16 PM PST by Responsibility2nd (A Moose Once Bit my Sister. Yeah. She Turned Moose-lim.)
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To: freepatriot32

What a noble thing to do.


3 posted on 03/16/2006 12:01:11 PM PST by Dog Gone
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To: freepatriot32
There are decent people in this world. I was defrauded in a business transaction so I wondered if there are still honest people. Reading this beautiful story restores my faith in humanity. Some people just do the right thing, God bless them.

(Denny Crane: "I Don't Want To Socialize With A Pinko Liberal Democrat Commie. Say What You Like About Republicans. We Stick To Our Convictions. Even When We Know We're Dead Wrong.")

4 posted on 03/16/2006 12:01:16 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: freepatriot32

What a good man.


5 posted on 03/16/2006 12:01:38 PM PST by MeanWestTexan (Many at FR would respond to Christ "Darn right, I'll cast the first stone!")
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To: freepatriot32
Servicemembers' Group has spoken with the elder Rojas and will be sending him a letter of apology, spokeswoman Laurita Warner said Wednesday.

Good move. I also think a letter of thanks to Carlos G. Rojas is in order. Thank you for posting this heartwarming (yet simultaneously heartbreaking) story.

6 posted on 03/16/2006 12:01:50 PM PST by Coop (FR= a lotta talk, but little action)
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To: freepatriot32

I think those two men might become fast friends.


7 posted on 03/16/2006 12:04:09 PM PST by Petronski (I love Cyborg!)
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To: freepatriot32
Amazing story........thanks for the post.

Mr. Rojas' son fought and died so that this kind of goodness can prevail.

8 posted on 03/16/2006 12:04:39 PM PST by Lakeshark (Thank a member of the US armed forces for their sacrifice)
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To: Coop
God saw what he did and he will blesssed in ways he doesn't even know. I think there's the saying, one good deed follows another. I hope it does for Carlos G. Roja.

(Denny Crane: "I Don't Want To Socialize With A Pinko Liberal Democrat Commie. Say What You Like About Republicans. We Stick To Our Convictions. Even When We Know We're Dead Wrong.")

9 posted on 03/16/2006 12:04:40 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: StarCMC; MikefromOhio; Old Sarge

Turning away from the troll to a happy (yet sad) story...


10 posted on 03/16/2006 12:05:25 PM PST by Coop (FR= a lotta talk, but little action)
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To: freepatriot32

Integrity is doing what is right even if you are not going to be held accountable by someone else. Mr. Carlos G. Rojas will be blessed by displaying this characteristic. I am sorry to hear about Mr. Carlos M Rojas' loss, but I pray that he take solace in having raised such a fine son.


11 posted on 03/16/2006 12:06:31 PM PST by 91B (God made man, Sam Colt made men equal.)
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To: freepatriot32

This is really not that big a deal. Eventually the mixup would have been discoverd and he would have had to return the money.


12 posted on 03/16/2006 12:07:05 PM PST by Dante3
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To: Dog Gone

Thank you for that word. Noble is the correct word in all of this.


13 posted on 03/16/2006 12:07:08 PM PST by cubreporter (I trust Rush. He has done more for this country than we will ever know. Thanks, Rush!)
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To: Darksheare; Mo1; catpuppy; Borax Queen

Ping to a great story........


14 posted on 03/16/2006 12:07:13 PM PST by Lakeshark (Thank a member of the US armed forces for their sacrifice)
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To: freepatriot32

This degree of honesty used to be considered a normal character trait. Now it's unusual enough to be newsworthy. May God bless both gentlemen.


15 posted on 03/16/2006 12:07:21 PM PST by American Quilter
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To: Lakeshark
God in Heaven rejoices when people act justly towards another and do acts of great kindness. For these, the world was made. Its literally the practice of imitatio Dei that raises human beings to heights of sublime greatness.

(Denny Crane: "I Don't Want To Socialize With A Pinko Liberal Democrat Commie. Say What You Like About Republicans. We Stick To Our Convictions. Even When We Know We're Dead Wrong.")

16 posted on 03/16/2006 12:07:40 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: Coop

Sad but noble. Thanks for the ping!


17 posted on 03/16/2006 12:08:09 PM PST by StarCMC (All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing...thank you Sarge.)
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To: Coop
"Good move. I also think a letter of thanks to Carlos G. Rojas is in order. Thank you for posting this heartwarming (yet simultaneously heartbreaking) story."


I second that motion!






18 posted on 03/16/2006 12:08:43 PM PST by G.Mason (Duty, Honor, Country)
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To: Lakeshark

Thank you! I was just thinkin' 'boutcha.


19 posted on 03/16/2006 12:09:01 PM PST by Borax Queen
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To: freepatriot32
He called Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance, which pays death benefits to military families, and the customer service representatives insisted the money was his and he should cash the checks, he said.

Now there's a genius of a customer service rep.

20 posted on 03/16/2006 12:09:35 PM PST by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: Dante3

you are right in that if he had cashed the checks he would have had serious problems later, BUT the fact he went out of his way to return them is a character issue, not a legal issue. He could have just let them sit in a drawer, or marked them RTS, etc.

You do see the difference?


21 posted on 03/16/2006 12:09:43 PM PST by WoofDog123
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To: goldstategop

wow


22 posted on 03/16/2006 12:10:31 PM PST by Fighting Irish
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To: 91B
I thinks of the old adage: true character is shown when no one is watching you. And some people's character shines when they do the right thing especially when it is their own disadvantage. This is the kind of person God wants near His holy mountain and to serve in the precincts of His Temple.

(Denny Crane: "I Don't Want To Socialize With A Pinko Liberal Democrat Commie. Say What You Like About Republicans. We Stick To Our Convictions. Even When We Know We're Dead Wrong.")

23 posted on 03/16/2006 12:10:48 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: Borax Queen

Been busy with the homecoming party bash for Phil, and recovering from it......it was truly awesome....someday I'll send pics. Let's talk sometime over the weekend, yes?


24 posted on 03/16/2006 12:11:17 PM PST by Lakeshark (Thank a member of the US armed forces for their sacrifice)
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To: goldstategop

Well put.


25 posted on 03/16/2006 12:11:55 PM PST by Lakeshark (Thank a member of the US armed forces for their sacrifice)
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To: Lakeshark

Totally - but may need to raincheck until the following weekend :) (Internet issues upcoming from my undisclosed location.)


26 posted on 03/16/2006 12:13:24 PM PST by Borax Queen
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To: goldstategop

"I was defrauded in a business transaction so I wondered if there are still honest people."

Honest people sometimes just can't understand others being dishonest. Unfortunately there are lots of scumbags out there. I lost quite a sum myself because of someone I thought was a friend. I learned an important lesson from that.


27 posted on 03/16/2006 12:13:40 PM PST by dljordan
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To: RMDupree; HairOfTheDog; ecurbh

"Because there's some good in this world worth fighting for..."

:-)


28 posted on 03/16/2006 12:13:47 PM PST by Ramius (Buy blades for war fighters: freeper.the-hobbit-hole.net --> 1100 knives and counting!)
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To: Petronski
Carlos G., may, in a small way fill the void in Carlos M life from the loss of his hero son Army Pfc. Kenny Rojas. I must admit that this story made tears come to my eyes.

It reminds us once again, that God indeed moves in mysterious ways.

God Bless Kenny..and the two Carlos.

29 posted on 03/16/2006 12:15:31 PM PST by B.O. Plenty (Islam, liberalism and abortions are terminal..)
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To: Ramius

Thank you for the ping.

And your comment is perfect. :-D


30 posted on 03/16/2006 12:17:27 PM PST by RMDupree (HHD: Join the Hobbit Hole Troop Support - http://freeper.the-hobbit-hole.net/)
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To: freepatriot32

The "Rojas" genetic code seems to include such personality traits as honesty, courage, and human decency.


31 posted on 03/16/2006 12:23:41 PM PST by FormerACLUmember (No program, no ideas, no clue: The democrats!)
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To: dljordan
So did I. I learned an expensive lesson about being defrauded by someone I thought would do what he said and instead took money he wasn't entitled to and absconded with it. I'll be more careful who I deal with in the future. As a crime victim, I feel like I lost something and its not the money. I can't understand either how some people can take pleasure in harming others without a second thought. So reading this has shown me that doing good is its own reward and as long as God lives, I will do right all my life because that's how I was raised up as a man. I did right by the other person and a great wrong was done to me. I trust my God to recompense me in the fullest measure of time.

(Denny Crane: "I Don't Want To Socialize With A Pinko Liberal Democrat Commie. Say What You Like About Republicans. We Stick To Our Convictions. Even When We Know We're Dead Wrong.")

32 posted on 03/16/2006 12:23:51 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: FormerACLUmember
He was raised by wonderful parents. I hope his employer and co-workers see what a rare person they have among them. We rarely see people living up to their God-given potential and this is what makes it so special. And I like I said, I hope his good deed follows him all life. God will see to it that his mitzvah will be repaid.

(Denny Crane: "I Don't Want To Socialize With A Pinko Liberal Democrat Commie. Say What You Like About Republicans. We Stick To Our Convictions. Even When We Know We're Dead Wrong.")

33 posted on 03/16/2006 12:27:20 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: freepatriot32

I agree that this is a great thing that the younger Mr. Rojas has done. As for the Servicemen's Insurance Group apology letter, I envision something like this:

Dear [ ] Mother [X] Father [ ]Wife [ ] Child

of DECEASED SERVICEMAN.

It is with the utmost sincerity and regret that we present our most personal heartfelt apologies for:

[ ] Improperly refusing your claim

[ ] Sending you a bill instead of a check

[ ] Leaving you on hold for three hours

[x] Other

Very truly yours,

Insurance Bureacrat No. XZ 3Q 27513.


34 posted on 03/16/2006 12:33:41 PM PST by Flash Bazbeaux
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To: Lakeshark

Thanks for the ping ...

There are good americans out there


35 posted on 03/16/2006 12:34:11 PM PST by Mo1 ("Stupidity is also a gift from God, but it should not be abused." Pope John Paul II)
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To: freepatriot32
Wow. Just wow.

It would be nice if Mr Rojas could receive an avalanche of email saluting him for his integrity. The man is a modern-day hero, and one of the best.

THESE are the kinds of people our society needs to hold up in admiration. Not a bunch of two-dimensional pretty faces like George Clooney or Madonna.

From one human being to another: thank you, Mr. Rojas.

36 posted on 03/16/2006 12:34:44 PM PST by IronJack
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To: goldstategop

If this story doesn't make you proud that we do have folks of honor, duty, and integrity amongst us all, then it is probably safe to assume that you are a dimocrap!


37 posted on 03/16/2006 12:36:23 PM PST by geezerwheezer (get up boys, we're burnin' daylight!!!)
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To: freepatriot32

BTW, the caption regarding the younger Mr. Rojas "who mistakenly received" the checks intended for the elder Mr. Rojas is inaccurate. The younger Mr. Rojas did not "mistakenly" do anything. He corrected the mistake of others.


38 posted on 03/16/2006 12:36:30 PM PST by Flash Bazbeaux
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To: Ramius
"Because there's some good in this world worth fighting for..."

Indeed :~D

39 posted on 03/16/2006 12:37:18 PM PST by HairOfTheDog (Hobbit Hole knives for soldiers! www.freeper.the-hobbit-hole.net)
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To: FormerACLUmember
The "Rojas" genetic code seems to include such personality traits as honesty, courage, and human decency.

No, no, no! You’ve got it all wrong. You’re supposed to note the Hispanic surname, question whether they belong in the country, and then rant on about illegals.

Get it straight! </sarcasm>

40 posted on 03/16/2006 12:38:36 PM PST by TankerKC (Pull your head out.)
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To: Dante3

It's a big deal, as a lot of people would not have figured it out....also, he didn't have to personally find the man, he could of just returned to sender. Meaning, it would of taken much longer for the man to receive the money. You know how the system works. They might have even put it into a dead file and he would of never received it.

It's a very big deal...............


41 posted on 03/16/2006 12:44:39 PM PST by tgambill (I would like to comment.....)
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To: Flash Bazbeaux
Yes. He very easily could have kept the money. Human nature being what it is, its easier to do something when it benefits us. Its much harder to do something when it benefits someone else. Now I understand what the Misnah says when you should serve God without the expectation of receiving a reward. We usually think of rewards as money or material goods. There are other rewards waiting for us and we don't think about them often since they're not that obvious. One of them is the feeling of gaining merit before God's eyes. Compared to the treasures of the earth, the treasures of heaven are of infinite value and lasting worth. The younger Rojas gained more than many people think he received and its something that can't be measured on a price tag. It may be the most precious reward of all to have.

(Denny Crane: "I Don't Want To Socialize With A Pinko Liberal Democrat Commie. Say What You Like About Republicans. We Stick To Our Convictions. Even When We Know We're Dead Wrong.")

42 posted on 03/16/2006 12:45:24 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: WoofDog123

:)) I said the same thing......didn't read yours until now.....


43 posted on 03/16/2006 12:45:35 PM PST by tgambill (I would like to comment.....)
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To: TankerKC

Sarcasm or not, you're the only one injecting such tripe into a thread about integrity, courage and hope. Buzz off.


44 posted on 03/16/2006 12:46:24 PM PST by pgyanke (Christ has a tolerance for sinners; liberals have a tolerance for sin.)
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To: freepatriot32

God just put down a gold star next to Mr. Carlos G. Rojas name in the book of life.


45 posted on 03/16/2006 12:48:57 PM PST by Doomonyou (FR doesn't suffer fools lightly.)
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To: SandRat

bttt!

Nice story for your ping list?


46 posted on 03/16/2006 12:50:55 PM PST by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: freepatriot32
Hooray for you Carlos G. Rojas.

It pleases God to see some righteousness prevail in a land that is known as the home of the brave and "USED" to be known as home to many more like Carlos G. Rojas.

All's well that ends well!

47 posted on 03/16/2006 12:51:47 PM PST by VOYAGER
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To: goldstategop
I was defrauded in a business transaction so I wondered if there are still honest people.

You also setup a bank account for the Nigerian and transferred money to him? Man, and I thought I was the only one...
48 posted on 03/16/2006 12:53:39 PM PST by TSgt (Extreme vitriol and rancorous replies served daily. - Mike W USAF)
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To: MikeWUSAF
Nothing like that. I know, I should have listened to my inner voice telling me NO. But I learned my lesson and will never do it again.

(Denny Crane: "I Don't Want To Socialize With A Pinko Liberal Democrat Commie. Say What You Like About Republicans. We Stick To Our Convictions. Even When We Know We're Dead Wrong.")

49 posted on 03/16/2006 12:56:07 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: Dante3

***This is really not that big a deal. Eventually the mixup would have been discoverd and he would have had to return the money.***

Yes, you're right. But he could have shredded the checks and forgotten about it. So he STILL deserves credit for making sure the insurance company didn't just write it off as well. The ins. company, after all, had records to prove they sent the check, and the insured might NOT have told anyone that he took out the insurance. He's still a hero in my book for caring.


50 posted on 03/16/2006 12:58:21 PM PST by kitkat
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