Fund for honest Boston homeless man raises $100k

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A fund set up for a Boston homeless man who turned in a backpack he found filled with more than $40,000 in cash and traveler’s checks has raised more than twice that much.

Glen James flagged down a police officer Saturday after he found a backpack containing $2,400 in cash and nearly $40,000 in traveler’s checks at the South Bay Mall.

The man who lost the backpack told workers at a nearby store at the mall and they called police, who later returned the backpack to him.

Midlothian, Va., resident Ethan Whittington read media accounts of James’ honesty and started a fund for him on the crowd-funding website gofundme.com. By late Thursday afternoon donations were at nearly $111,000 and growing.

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