Female White-Collar Crime Divas-Mordern Day Thieves

“Finders Keepers” – No More!


imagesBe careful of keeping found money. In some places it is considered theft. Recently, in the Untied Kingdom, a young woman found £20 on the floor of a store and put it in her pocket. [In the U.S. that is the equivalent of $25.]

According to records, a man withdrew some cash from an ATM at a One-Stop store and  dropped it. Shortly afterward, he realized he had lost it and could not find it after retracing his steps. Nicole Bailey, 23, who has no criminal record, was discovered to have picked up the money once the CCTV was reviewed. The police tracked her down and hauled her before the courts on a theft charge. [Wow, the police had time to track down someone who found $25] .

Ms. Bailey,  initially denied taking the money, [I believe this is where she could have saved herself and the matter would have been handled a different way, her dishonesty was the lie] but once shown the video footage admitted that she had found and kept the money. She then plead guilty to theft.

Ms. Bailey, adviser, Simon Dykes, argued “that the matter should have been dealt with by a police caution. That she didn’t know who the money belonged to. People don’t realize picking up something you have found amounts to a theft. She has been quite naive in doing so.”

Ms. Bailey now has a criminal record and was ordered to pay £175 in costs and charges.

Police are warning people to forget the old  saying ‘finders keepers’,  “it’s a crime to keep money or goods someone else has lost. They will actively encourage any member of the public who picks up money that has been dropped to be honest and do the right thing by taking all reasonable steps to try to find the owner.”

FYI The definition of theft- The dishonest appropriation of property belonging to another with the intention of permanently depriving the other of it.

Based on this definition would you say Ms. Bailey dishonestly appropriated the money?


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