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Fund set up for honest homeless man raises $91,000

BOSTON – A fund set up for a homeless man who turned in a backpack he found filled with more than $40,000 in cash and traveler’s checks has raised more than twice that much.

Glen James flagged down a police officer Saturday after he found a backpack containing $2,400 in cash and nearly $40,000 in traveler’s checks at the South Bay Mall in Boston. The man who lost it told workers at a nearby store at the mall and they called police, who later returned the backpack to him.

After reading media accounts of James’ honesty, a stranger, Ethan Whittington, of Midlothian, Va., started a fund for James on the crowdfunding site gofundme.com. By early Thursday – just over 48 hours later – donations were $91,855 and growing.

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