|Huynh Thi Aùnh Hong, a scrap vendor in HCM City, receives the money at HCM City-based Vietcombank. — Photo baogiaothong.vn
HCM CITY (VNS) — A scrap collector yesterday officially received five million Japanese yen (US$43,000) she had found hidden inside a broken loudspeaker more than a year ago.
The Tan Binh District police informed Huynh Thi Aùnh Hong, 36, about the money, which legally became hers.
Last March, Hong bought an old metal loudspeaker for VND100,000 ($4.5) from an unknown man near her rented house in Tan Binh District's Ward 10.
She later found a wooden box inside the loudspeaker and it had Japanese banknotes.
Hong handed over the money to local police shortly after she discovered it and the money had since been sealed to seek its real owner.
Some lawyers had earlier observed that Hong was likely to receive the money if its real owner was not found by April 28.
That same month, Pham Thi Ngot, a 40-year-old woman from Hoc Mon District, laid claim to the money. Although she insisted that the money belonged to her husband, a foreign national, a week later, police found that the man had forged papers during his stay and work in Viet Nam from 2010 to 2013.
In an interview with the press, Hong said she was so happy to get the money as it will help ease her difficult living conditions. She affirmed that a part of the fortune will go into charity to help the homeless and the disadvantaged sections. — VNS