Joey Coyle

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Joey Coyle
Born Joseph Coyle
(1953-02-26)February 26, 1953
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died August 15, 1993(1993-08-15) (aged 40)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Occupation Longshoreman

Joseph "Joey" Coyle (February 26, 1953 – August 15, 1993) was an unemployed longshoreman in Philadelphia who, in February 1981, found $1.2 million in the street after it had fallen out of the back of an armored car and kept it.[1] His story was made into the 1993 film Money for Nothing, starring John Cusack,[2] as well as a 2002 book by Mark Bowden, Finders Keepers: The Story of a Man Who Found $1 Million.

Coyle passed out some of the money, in $100 bills, to friends and neighbors. He was arrested later in 1981 at JFK Airport while trying to check in to a flight to Acapulco; police found $105,000 of the cash in envelopes taped around his ankles.[1] He was tried, but found not guilty of theft by reason of temporary insanity.[1] The armored car company, Purolator Armored Services, eventually recovered around $1 million of the original amount.[1]

Coyle struggled with drug addiction for most of his adult life.[1] He committed suicide by hanging in his basement on August 15, 1993, about one month before the film Money for Nothing was released.[1]


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