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    Honesty is the Best Policy: Austrian Man Finds €270,000, Hands It to Police

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    The resident of the Austrian town of Graz was astonished to find the money in a box the cellar of his apartment.

    A 42-year-old man in the Austrian town of Graz made an incredible discovery when he moved into a new apartment last month: a box of neatly-stacked banknotes in the cellar, the Kroner Zeitung newspaper reported.

    The box contained six stacks of 500-euro notes, totaling 269,500 euros ($286,300). Assuming the money had less-than-legitimate origins, the man promptly informed the police.

    Graz police confirmed that the money was genuine, but declined to comment on the ongoing investigation.

    According to Austrian law, somebody who finds lost items is entitled to a "finder's fee" from its owner. Therefore, the man is entitled to ten percent of the money up to 2,000 euros, and another five percent of the money beyond that amount.

    If the owner of a lost item doesn't come forward within a year, then the person who found it becomes the legal owner.

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