At least 13 people have come forward to claim ownership of GBP 61,700 that was found in the rubbish by waste disposal workers in Japan.
The whopping JPY 10 million was reportedly found at a waste collection facility by workers in the Nishi-gu area of Sapporo, the capital of the mountainous northern Japanese island of Hokkaido.
Photos show the wads of cash after the discovery was reportedly made on the morning of 30th January, with the Hokkaido Prefectural Police Department then issuing a statement on 21st February asking for information from the public about who the money might belong to.
At least 13 people have reportedly come forward so far the claim ownership of the money, according to local media. Nine of them have reportedly filed official claims with the police.
Claims reportedly include people saying “I lost it while carrying it wrapped in newspaper,” as well as “It seems my parents who suffer from dementia abandoned it,” and “I lost it while travelling.”
Another even reportedly claimed: “Tens of millions of yen that I kept in my house in Kyoto are missing, but it seems that my daughter who lives in Sapporo has stolen and lost them.”
The police are attempting to track down the real owner of the money. If they are unable to crack the case by 30th April, the money will be given to the city of Sapporo.
Local lawyer Sumida Yuko warned people about making false claims, saying: “If you make a false report, there is a possibility that the charge of attempting to defraud will be applied.”
The investigation is ongoing.