Yes, according to the police, who state that it is up to the individual what they do if they find any amount of cash—there is no compulsion to hand up the money or any other goods you find.
However, if you do decide to keep the money, you should declare it under oath at a local court and include your name, address, and phone number as well as the amount found. You can also be required to pay tax on its value. The police can also take steps to recover the money if it was stolen.
In conclusion, there is no legal reason why you cannot keep the money found in your house. However, we recommend that you consult a lawyer first before making any decisions about what to do with the cash.
If you come across money, especially a large sum, you should verify your local laws or call an attorney or the police. If a law compels you to give over money you've found to the authorities and you don't, you might face larceny or theft charges. Even if there is no law against it, you still might want to report your find to the police to avoid any issues in the future.
In most states, you can keep found money. The amount depends on how you came by it. If it was given to you, then it's called "loot" and is legal to possess. If it was won at gambling or lottery, it's legal to take home as long as it doesn't exceed $10,000 in total value. Otherwise, you could be charged with illegal gaming or lotterizing.
So, for example, if you find $100,000 in cash lying on the ground, it would be best to call the police before taking anything out of the scene. After all, people do go to jail for this kind of thing!
As long as you report your find and don't keep any of it for yourself, you shouldn't have a problem.
Until today, the regulations governing the retention of recovered cash were somewhat murky. The offense is technically termed as "stealing by discovering." This implies that if you find a wad of cash on the street and don't try to return it to its owner—for example, by bringing it into a shop or to the police—you're committing theft. But under current law, finding money on the street does not constitute theft unless the finder has no intention of returning it.
That all changed in May when the United States passed the Finders Keepers Act. The new law makes keeping found money legal as long as the finder claims it in good faith. It also makes returning found money the ethical thing to do.
"We believe that people should be able to keep what they recover from lost or stolen wallets," says Eric Elliff, executive director of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues (NABPL). "This will help bring much-needed revenue into our game which is struggling with high unemployment and other financial issues."
The law applies to any cash recovered between January 1, 2014 and December 31, 2015.
If the sum is more than $100, you must turn it over to the police. If it's less than that, it's yours. In other locations, you're expected to give over all of your money to the police—and if it's not claimed by its rightful owner after a certain amount of time, it's yours. This is known as "claiming lost property."
Keeping found money is a crime in many countries. The found money may be confiscated and used for charitable purposes or given to the original owner.
People have been keeping cash for sale even at stores where cash is supposed to be kept by employees. These places tend to have high rates of theft; if someone wants to steal money, this is a good way to do it. In addition, people have been keeping cash under their mattresses to sleep better at night. Since the money can't be seen, this isn't such a problem place.
In conclusion, keeping found money is a crime in many countries. It's best to return any extra cash to its owner or use it for charity.