Glen James, homeless Boston man, finds $40,000 and turns it in

      Glen James turned in $40,000 worth of money and travelers checks. Photo: Associated Press

      If you came across a backpack stuffed with $40,000, what would you do with it?

      For Glen James, a homeless man in Boston, the answer was simple. Turn it in without taking a single dollar, according to Boston magazine.

      According to the magazine, James is a resident of a Boston-area homeless shelter who, on Sept. 4, found a backpack in the nearby town of Dorchester. Inside was more than $40,000 worth of cash and traveler's checks, along with a passport.

      Authorities were able to find the bag's owner, after which James was honored by authorities for his honesty.

      "Even if I were desperate for money, I would not have kept even a penny of the money I found," he said during a ceremony in his honor.

      In honor of his action, a Richmond resident began a fundraising drive for James on As of Tuesday afternoon, the drive had raised more than $20,000.