given to me vs given me
The money was given (to) me.
According to my teacher, in the sentence above, you can omit the preposition "to". Without the preposition, the sentence sounds somewhat strange and unnatural to me. How does it sound to you? Do you think you may (have) use(d) such a structure?
The money was given me. vs The money was given to me.
I'm not a teacher, or a native English speaker. Feel free to edit my posts if you encounter any mistakes in them (be it grammatical or vocabular). It'll help me to improve my command of English.