Homeless man rewarded for returning bonds

July 25, 2006 at 10:11 AM

DETROIT, July 25 (UPI) -- A homeless Detroit man who returned $20,738.88 in savings bonds he found in a dumpster to their rightful owner has been rewarded with cash and a job.

Charles Moore, who found the bonds while sifting through clothing in a dumpster outside a local church, was given $100 by the family of Ernest Lehto, who bought the bonds in the 1980's, The Detroit News reported.

But the rewards did not stop there. Two suburban businessmen, inspired by Moore's actions, awarded the man $1,200 for his honesty and found him a job, WXYZ-TV, Detroit, reported Tuesday.

The 31 savings bonds, with a total face value of $8,900, had matured to $20,738.88 after being purchased for $4,450 about 20 years ago, the Detroit News reported.

"The lesson of it all is; best policy is honesty and honesty pays off," Moore said.

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