AUSTRIA –– Tens of thousands found in river

VIENNA –– Police in Austria are investigating how bank notes worth tens of thousands of euros ended up in the River Danube.

The notes were found floating down the river in Vienna on Saturday, leading one passer-by to jump in and salvage the money.

The money was dried out at at police station.
The money was dried out at at police station.

A police spokesman told the BBC that the recovered money was worth some €100,000 (BDS$216,000).

Police said there were no crimes recorded in the area and that it was not clear where the money originated.

Reports in Austria said officers had first believed the money –– made up of €500 and €100 notes –– was counterfeit, but they now believe the notes to be genuine.

The origin of the money is murky.
The origin of the money is murky.

They were first alerted when bystanders spotted a boy in the river on Saturday. Fearing he was attempting suicide, they called police, only to find he was trying to retrieve the money.

Anyone who finds money and hands it to police in Austria is entitled to keep between five per cent and ten per cent of the total.

But if the owner is not found within a year, the whole sum will be handed to the boy.

Source: (BBC)

3 Responses to AUSTRIA –– Tens of thousands found in river

  1. Tristan John
    Tristan John December 7, 2015 at 10:12 pm

    Wth…

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  2. Patrick Cozier
    Patrick Cozier December 7, 2015 at 10:30 pm

    Takes money laundering to a new level.

    Reply

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