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MAN, MISSING $98,002 REFUND SOUGHT

Authorities are searching for a former Kent, Wash., man they say found relief in the form of an erroneous $98,002 refund from the makers of Ex-Lax.

Barry L. Stoller, 38, wrote a letter seeking reimbursement for the $1.99 he paid for a package of the product after, he claimed, it failed to work, according to first-degree theft charges filed in King County Superior Court.

The New Jersey-based Sandoz Corp. issued a refund check but mistakenly based the amount on Stoller's ZIP Code, 98002. King County prosecutors allege Stoller deposited the check, withdrew the money eight days later, closed his account and left the area.

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