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By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  An Albany minister, expecting a $20,000 check from an insurance company, was offered $200,000 instead.

Dr. Eugene Sherman, pastor of Institutional Baptist Church, received a $20,000 dividend check in June. He was waiting until Christmas to deposit it. The insurance company followed up with him a couple of weeks ago because he hadn't cashed the check.

They offered to send him another check for $200,000. He called the company and told them he still had the check and that they must have a major computer glitch.

"I was taught if it's not yours, give it back and if it is yours, pursue it and that's what I was attempting to do," said Sherman. "I can't work in there and serve him up there and live with myself to do something like that."

Dr. Sherman told us he plans to go ahead and deposit the initial check, so there won't be any other mistakes. He also said he just received a card from the insurance company wishing him a Merry Christmas.

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