- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 2, 2007

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) Bernard Salcedo was looking for a bad wire in his attic after the power went out when he found $100,000 in cash. Now the money is in a police evidence vault while Mr. Salcedo and his home’s former owner argue over who should get it.

Mr. Salcedo said he went to police because he was scared when he found the four plastic bags filled with $20 and $100 bills in July. He had heard that someone had been killed in his house years ago.

The money was stuffed into a strongbox and hidden in a cavity cut into the insulation.

Similar bundles of cash were found hidden in the home after Scott Quinn, a 37-year-old bail bondsman and gun dealer, was found stabbed to death in 2003. Police returned that money to the victim’s estranged wife, Lana Quinn. Her attorney said Mr. Quinn kept large amounts of cash because he frequently attended gun shows and made cash purchases as part of his business.

Mr. Salcedo’s attorney, Eric Frommer, insisted there is no way to prove the money belonged to Mr. Quinn. Officials in Sanford said they will let the courts determine possession.


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