I don't understand how the guy could be so stupid about it.
Writing a $3 million check?
Stashing 800 grand in your home?
Buying multiple cars?
If I were him, I would've gotten the money, stashed it somewhere, and lived happily on my $150,000 salary - knowing I had millions stashed for later (for when no one will miss it - or when I want to leave and not come back).