Dallas PD to Give Girl Back $2,000 She Found ... If Nobody Comes Forward In Next 120 Days

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It's been more than three months since 15-year-old Ashley Donaldson found $2,000 outside a North Dallas strip mall and returned it to a nearby Chase bank, thinking someone there could find the owner. But city officials tell Unfair Park the bank didn't turn over the dough to the Dallas Police Department till April 13 -- and, as you're well aware by now, the city intended on keeping that money, based on the application of a state law dealing with found money. City Manager Mary Suhm and Mayor-For-Now Dwaine Caraway told Unfair Park earlier today they'd look into it.

But a few minutes ago, this arrived from Dallas PD HQ:
Dallas Police Chief Intervenes in Found $2000

Dallas Police Chief David O. Brown has directed that the department follow a provision in state law that allows for public notice to be given after thirty days of someone finding money and turning it into the Dallas Police Department. Once public notice has occurred, a ninety-day waiting period follows. If a claimant comes forward, a hearing is held within the Police Department. If no rightful owner comes forward during this 120-day period, then Chief Brown will return the money to the finder, Ms. Ashley [Donaldson].
Suhm then forward to Unfair Park the citation mentioned in the chief's press release: Texas Code of Criminal Procedure, Article 18.17, which deals with the "Disposition Of Abandoned Or Unclaimed Property."

Update at 6:15 p.m.: Mary Suhm just sent a memo to the mayor and council explaining what happened -- and what's next. She says some organizations have approached the city, saying they want to raise the $2,000 on Ashley's behalf. The city manager says that if the city winds up returning the $2,000 to the girl who found it, "the organizations will then be reimbursed.") Her memo follows on the other side. Jump, but be sure to keep your wallet in your front pocket. Memo From Suhm Over Lost Money

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39 comments
William T Barns
William T Barns

What a bunch of greedy trough feeding government PIGS!!!!

Sarah
Sarah

Let's give a polygraph test to the  Dallas Mayor, the Chief of Police and their immediate staff and see if they would  have turned in the $2000 that Ashley Donaldson did.

Bet none of them are living with six other family members in a one bedroom apartment.Now the City is trying to back peddle since there has been such a public outrage.   .

 

Sara from Palestine
Sara from Palestine

I am reading these comments and PLEASE somebody tell me that it is a joke that Michael Vick was given a key to the city!???  Makes sense to me...throw out the Welcome Mat for a sorry low life and steal $2,000.00 from a child...wonderful place to live...glad I don't live there! 

Mister_Mean
Mister_Mean

What a money grabbing city (and county and school district) we have. They (the city) would steal pennies off of a dead person's eyes just to allow them to continue miss spending funds on projects.

Wylie H.
Wylie H.

One thing's for sure after this-- no well-intentioned person intent on doing the right thing will ever be so stupid as to involve the City of Dallas or the Dallas Police Department in their efforts.

Thelisma Partridge
Thelisma Partridge

Wow, this could lower the citizen's liability on the new half-a-billion dollar con-vention center hotel to only $4,999,998,000 !!!

Doug Debruler
Doug Debruler

So instead of applying the simplest form of common sense...the moron's who run Dallas had to turn this into something approaching rocket science? Who the "f" did they think was going to object to giving the money to her? The "effing" govner and his flunkies?Type your comment here.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

Someone related to EBJ will claim it now that they can't get their scholarships.

Oak Cliff Townie
Oak Cliff Townie

I am surprised they didn't swab the money for traces of cocaine and seize it as drug money .

Doug in DFW
Doug in DFW

What's the biggest mystery in the whole story?

How the DPD can claim "It's not going to be wasted, but put to good use for the city of Dallas."This from the organization that couldn't spot an employee embezzling funds from McGruff the Crimestoppers dog. Was Caraway's opinion on drug money affected by the cocaine previously found at city hall?What does glass half-full Tom Leppert think about Dallas' new motto? - "Honesty sort of pays off, eventually, maybe"

pak152
pak152

sounds like something the DMN investigative journalism squad needs to FOIA and report on

Landry Jones' fumble
Landry Jones' fumble

Typical Bush-League Dallas; first, a Key to the City for Michael Vick and now this; no wonder Dallas is going to look like Detroit in 30-40 years: signature bridges and houses selling for $100

Bettyculbreath
Bettyculbreath

It is a dam shame that the City of Dallas would try and keep that found money.It is also a dam shame that City Attorney Tom Perkins would leave it up to Chief Brown to look up the law.Dallas should have a policy about found money based on the law,so when its found,the 30 day notice goes out,the person who lost the money,needed it so that notice should have gone out,by Chase Bank before it got to City.The other woman who found the $400.00 and gave to City of Dallas four months ago,what about her money.

Guest
Guest

WFAA.com has a story that says an anonymous Fort Worth donor came forward to make Dallas officials look like even bigger douchebags and gave the girl and her family $4,000.

Jack E. Jett
Jack E. Jett

It would be great to donate...but really why should we fit the bill when we pay taxes for these fuckers in city hall to be honest and do the right thing. Will Archie donate? I don't think so.

LaceyB
LaceyB

I was gonna say that Hinojosa found that 2K missing, so he saved an administrative job and fired a teacher. Or just kept it.

Guest
Guest

Seems awfully convenient that this story got traction almost exactly thirty days after the city got hold of the money.

I imagine that April 13th date was arrived at, not by checking when the money was actually turned over to the police but by looking at a calendar and counting back 30 days once they discovered there was a state law that covers this issue and that required public notice be placed 30 days after the funds are turned over to the police.

AET
AET

I say we take $2,000 out of the Dallas police Department's cheif payroll NOW, since its paid by our own taxes, to pay Ashley and show the world who the city chooses to serve, it's honest hardworking residents. Where exactly did she find the money?!? Was it even in Dallas?? She is from Plano, TX, if she found it in Plano, I believe the City of Dallas is violating location rights of the "found money", by its own half assed Memorandum wrtten up a few minutes ago.

Heywood U. Buzzoff
Heywood U. Buzzoff

Dallas PD -- more ass covering than an Eskimo on an ice flow. I am sure that 121 days from now, when the press has moved on to the next bight shiny thing, that there will be some other 'policy' and 'guideline' to absorb the money. That or she will be charged a 'Jaime Cortez Impound fee' and she will get nada.

Florence Andrews
Florence Andrews

give the little girl the money....first it's 90 days, then 120 days...I still believe in "FINDER'S KEEPERS...LOSERS WEEPERS..." and 'GOD WORKS IN MYSTERIOUS WAYS" you have to be careful in what you do, thinking that HONESTY IS THE BEST POLICY.if you are in need, maybe that was your help...

Fed Belly
Fed Belly

If it was mine then I would probably keep enough to buy myself a steak and salad bar and let the kid keep the rest for being honest.

Tad Banyon
Tad Banyon

Even if she doesn't get the money, she (and all of us, really) learned a very valuable civics lesson: never do the "right thing"

Downtown Resident
Downtown Resident

Well this kid can kiss this money goodbye, I'm sure "somebody" will come forth to claim the money now (and when somebody asks who it was they better have an FOIA form in hand)

Guest
Guest

So until the media got involved, the city was planning on violating state law by not publishing the notice and not waiting the 90 days?

If the clock doesn't start until today and, earlier today, the city was planning on converting the money to city use immediately, it sounds like, if not for the media poking around this, members of the city government were conspiring to violate state law in order to get this $2,000 for city use.

Makes you wonder what other state laws city officials routinely violate.

sillyme
sillyme

So, how much did the the city have to pay in legal fees for that advice about state laws?

reader
reader

Clay, you beat me to it. I lost $2,000. No wait, it's your, I lost mine at the casino.

Clay
Clay

Uhh.. That was my $2000

joey boyd
joey boyd

dallas is a 3rd world country mike  vick key to the city of dallas next give  hitler medal of honor for the 2nd world war adventures for peace. HA  HA  HA 

US175guy
US175guy

Or, what the Police/Fire pension fund would have had, to make up for that new condo tower that sticks out like a sore thumb in the Arts District that retirees are currently in the hole for.... 

gabbahey
gabbahey

Don't give them any ideas!

Dallas Diner
Dallas Diner

Did you actually bother to talk to anyone at Chase to find out what efforts it made before you posted this? They were pretty substantial.

Thelawwon
Thelawwon

Do you know how Chief Brown "look[ed] up the law"? If not, you shouldn't leap to conclusions.

Wylie H.
Wylie H.

Well, the state's version of the freedom of information act, for one. They (Mary Suhm, Tom Perkins, and (previously) Tom Leppert routinely give the middle finger to folks who want basic information on what the hell the City is doing... and that even includes council members like Angela Hunt (who, from time-to-time have to end up filing formal requests to get information).

To be honest, I'm not entirely clear who Mary Suhm and Tom Perkins think they are accountable to, since they routinely stiff-arm council members who are trying to perform their duties by seeking information from them.

Montemalone
Montemalone

If you'd like to know, just read the book of statutes.

Jeeze Louise
Jeeze Louise

Is not. It's mine. It was bulging out of my Chase Bank envelope that I dropped in the grass by PetsMart.

Sheesh, everybody knows how much, where, roughly when.

Sam_Merten
Sam_Merten

Agreed. Now that the facts are out there, even the person who really lost the dough is unlikely to have more details than what's already known.

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