Found money given to honest finder

Published: January 31, 2007 | 5431st good news item since 2003

The Hawaii Police Department has returned $3,500 to a visitor who found the cash in a Kona parking lot last summer. The 73-year-old Australian woman reported the found cash to police on July 29, 2006, the same day she found it.

Police initiated a found property case but no one claimed the money or reported losing the cash. Under police policy, the finder is entitled to keep the money if it goes unclaimed for 45 days and police find no evidence that is it connected to a crime.

The Australian woman made arrangements for the Police Department to send a check for $3,500 to a friend of hers who lives on the Big Island. The friend will then get the money to the Australian woman.

“It was a pleasure to reward this honest individual,” said Lieutenant Randal Ishii.

Both women asked police not to release their names to the public.

Published in Found, Honesty, Values
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