Beggar arrested with $4,100 in his pocket

Beggar arrested with $4,100 in his pocket

Friday, November 28, 2014 7:07 am

The police in Iran made a startling discovery when they arrested a street beggar: they found in his pockets $4,100 and a great deal more in two bank accounts.

The unidentified 64-year-old, a former street vendor, was stopped by a police patrol cracking down on beggars in Bukan, an official in the northwestern city of the country was quoted as saying by IRNA news agency.

An Iranian beggar

An Iranian beggar

On searching him, they found he had 110 million rials, about $4,100 in his pockets.

And subsequent investigation showed he had two bank accounts with another $47,550 in them.

No details were given on how the man had managed to amass such a sum of money, which was confiscated and will be used to finance a community social welfare centre.

Last month, President Hassan Rouhani ordered police to clear the streets of beggars and to identify the criminal networks behind some of them.

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