Man who left bank with found money sentenced to jail

BELLINGHAM — A man who found $2,000 in an unmarked envelope in a bank in Bellingham, Washington, then walked out with the money and spent it, has been sentenced to four months in jail for second-degree theft.

The Bellingham Herald reported that a man withdrew $2,000 in cash from another downtown bank on May 27, 2014, then walked into a U.S. Bank branch to open an account for his new auto dealership. When a clerk came to get him, he accidentally left the cash envelope on a table.

Security video footage showed that 57-year-old Thomas Henry George, who lives on the Lummi Reservation, later picked up the envelope, looked at the contents, and left with it.

The owner of the cash returned about 20 minutes later, looking for it. When the bank checked its security footage, officials called police.

George was charged in November and pleaded guilty last week.

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