$2 Million Check Found In Wallet On Madrid Subway, Remains Unclaimed

It’s not your average lost-and-found item, that’s for
On Wednesday, a maintenance worker for the
Madrid Metro system in Spain discovered a wallet
lodged in a subway door. The wallet, which
appeared to have been stolen, contained a check for
a whopping $2 million.
Madrid maintenance chief José Manuel del Cura told
Spanish daily El Pais that at first the brown leather
wallet didn’t seem different from the countless other
lost or stolen billfolds that end up on his desk. Until
he opened it, that is.
“You should have seen our faces! We had to count
the zeros several times,” del Cura told El Pais. “We
couldn’t believe that someone has so much money
and others so little. The world is full of inequality.”
The check, which is now safely in the possession of
the Madrid National Police, was issued to a
California man and post-dated to January 2014,
according to CNN.
“We have his name. We’re trying to locate this
person,” a National Police spokesman in Madrid told
CNN. “We won’t just hand it over. We have to verify
that the origin of the money is not illicit.”
While the police declined to identify the owner of the
check, Madrid television station Telemadrid reported
that the check was made out to a Sacramento, Calif.,
businessman named Bill Guting.
The Huffington Post attempted to contact Guting at
his office in California, but calls for comment were
not immediately returned.
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