Two men working at a waste disposal plant in Tamura City, Fukushima Prefecture, face theft charges for keeping approximately 10 million yen which they and a third worker found mixed in with collected garbage.
According to police, three workers who were sorting garbage at the waste disposal plant discovered the cash on Feb 27, local media reported. Two of the men took the money home with them.
On Feb 28, one of the two men told the waste disposal plant office that they had found only about 100,000 yen in cash in a plastic bag. However, the Tamura municipal government, which commissions the plant to collect and dispose of trash for the city, questioned the second man, and after finding discrepancies in their stories, reported the matter to the police on May 25.
Police launched an investigation and learned that both men had pocketed roughly 10 million yen, which they subsequently returned .
Police said the owner of the cash is unknown, nor have they have been able to determine how the money ended up in the trash.
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