Man finds £255k in old bank
A Belgian man renovating a former bank found £255,000 in cash that had been left behind in a vault.
Ferhat Kaya, 33, had paid £153,000 for the property, a former branch of the Dexia bank in Ghent, as a base for his accounting firm.
Before accepting the keys, he turned down the estate agent's quote of £3,000 to remove an old safe, reports the Daily Telegraph.
Instead he called two close friends, brothers Murat and Hurun Tufan, to remove the metal vault.
"When the vault was open it revealed bags of 20 and 50 euro bills," said Murat Tufan. "The receipts were still there, dated December 31, 2001. We started counting, and it came to some 300,000 euros."
After speaking to his Turkish father, Mr Kaya decided to call the police even though the money had been left by the bank nearly a decade ago.
"My friends and I thought we would really make a statement with it: that even immigrants are people that say honesty is the best policy," he said.
Dexia Bank spokesperson Ulrike Pommée said that an investigation had been launched.
"We want to determine what happened. It is probably a human error. But the investigation will not be easy, because the money is from 2001. A repeat of this incident is not possible with current procedures," she said.
"We will carry out the investigation and then see if there will be a decision to give him a reward for reporting the money to police straight away."