WASHINGTON, Pa. (AP) — Four home remodelers no longer face criminal charges for spending $60,000 they found hidden inside a western Pennsylvania home.
The Washington Observer-Reporter reported Tuesday that theft and related charges were dismissed earlier this month.
A judge said the four were working as under-the-table laborers, fixing up an unoccupied house, when they found the money hidden in a second-floor dormer. The newest bills dated to the 1980s.
The men were working for a contractor who had bought the home from a dead man's estate. The men didn't report their find and split the cash. The contractor learned of the money and reported them to police.
The judge says that because the money's owner can't be readily identified, the four can't have the intent to deprive the owner of the cash.