LAS VEGAS – Las Vegas cab driver Gerardo Gamboa thought someone left a brown paper bag of chocolates in the back seat of his vehicle, but the stash turned out to be $300,000 in cash.
Now, Gamboa is winning honors for honesty after turning in the money he found Monday. Yellow Checker Star Transportation named Gamboa its driver of the year and rewarded him with $1,000 and dinner for two at a restaurant.
Gamboa said he had another passenger by the time he began wondering what kind of chocolates were in the bag and peeked inside.
It took several hours to verify the identity of the owner and return the cash. He took Gamboa’s information but didn’t immediately leave a reward.
“If he doesn’t give me anything, that’s OK,” Gamboa said. “I’m not waiting for any kind of return. I just wanted to do the right thing.”