Jamaica: Woman return millions in cash found at ATM

Jamaica: Woman return millions in cash found at ATM
Ackaisha Green with her soon-to-be two-year-old son Joshua (Photo: Karl McLarty)
Ackaisha Green with her soon-to-be two-year-old son Joshua (Photo: Karl McLarty)

(JAMAICA OBSERVER) — Two Wednesdays ago, Ackaisha Green was inside the ATM at Central Police Station on East Queen Street in downtown Kingston when she stumbled upon a stash of cash suspected to be in the millions of dollars. But she felt it was not hers to keep.

The money could have gone a long way for the mother of two who ekes out a living in inner-city James Street in Central Kingston. But she insisted that handing over the money was the right thing to do.

“Mi could a take it weh, but mi never take it weh. On my way coming out with it I saw two police officers, and mi say ‘Sir, I found a bag of money and I don’t know what to do with it’,” Green recounted to the Jamaica Observer.

A police officer assigned to Kingston Central Police Station corroborated Green’s story about returning the lost money. The officer, who asked not to be identified because she was not present at the time, told the Observer that she heard about the incident from her colleagues. She was unable to say how much money was inside the bag.

“Due to how it was stacked together it wasn’t easy to check, but it was certainly a large sum of money,” the policewoman said.

According to Green, she was with her soon-to-be two-year-old son, Joshua, inside the ATM when she noticed he was very preoccupied with a large transparent plastic with money.

“Mi swear say a paper him a play with. When mi bend down and look is a bag of money the baby bend down a play with. You know the clear bag, like comforter spread bag, one whole heap a money wrap up together,” she said.

Noting that the bag contained $5,000 and $1,000 notes, the woman said she immediately went inside the station and handed over the money to the police.

Within minutes, an armoured truck bearer, who had apparently forgotten the bag of money in the ATM, ran into the station, breathless. The undisclosed sum of money was subsequently handed over to him, police at the station said.

Last Tuesday morning when the Observer visited Green, she received a heavy tongue-lashing from her mother who described her as “the stupidest of all my children”.

“A mi she beg $200 this morning to give her son to go to school,” the mother complained, with a loud hiss of her teeth.

Green claimed that her three-month contract at the University Hospital of the West Indies, where she worked as a porter, had ended recently. “Mi have use fi di money; mi could a take the money, but it no belong to me. Right now me would a love some of it, but that was the right thing to do,” she repeated, as she got ready to visit an employment agency.

“Nuff people say me shouldn’t do it, but mi give it back,” she added.

The 24-year-old, who made it clear that she wants to pursue a house-keeping course at the HEART Trust/NTA, said she needed a skill that would allow her to sustain her family.

The Observer was unable up to press time to ascertain the name of the security agency which was carrying the money, apparently to service ATMs.


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  1. I comment the way the young lady handle the satiation especially in front of her young son, cause when you think he is not understanding he is very well is. Her reward will soon come it might not be much for her but for her son. because blessings and curses are carried to the next generation. Her mother is not a good influence as she called her stupid. That is why I always say it have a lot of parents out there who knows their children in all kind of crime but because they get things from their children , they don't mind how it is done.


  2. Wat about sending her to do the class and paying for it she is good see it do not pay to be honest the money was insured anyway


  3. What about the ATMOfficer.He should give her some money if he still has his job. We all make mistakes and I feel he should be given a second chance. Words cannot express how proud I am of this youn g lady. Give her a chance someone.


  4. She's deserving of s good job. Please someone help her to get the training she deserves.


  5. I am so proud of her and she will be rewarded for her honesty. I too would love to make contact with her to show my gratitude for her honesty. The Lord bless her in all her endeavors as she forge ahead with her future. Some company needs to offer her a job so others can see that only good can come with honesty and a good heart.


  6. What about giving this young lady a reward she deserves it if its even to pay for her school the Company who iwns the money should give her half of that money or else this money will go missing again in larger sum if they are not carefull they have more then enough time to settle this young lady.


  7. I’m so proud of this young woman . Cold bump tek mi up! How can I reach her to let her know and show my appreciation of her honesty ?


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