Back in 1993, Otto Neuman stole from the bank he managed in Austria, making off with approximately £150,000 as well as gold bars and coins. Neuman was eventually caught and convicted, and spent three and a half years in prison. At his trial, he turned over what was left of his ill-gotten gains, £51,000 as well as the gold. Now, 19 years later, he’s gotten that £51,000 back, because no one else will claim it.
You can read the article to understand the convoluted reasons neither the bank nor their insurance company would claim the money. Still, doesn’t it seem like anyone else in the world deserves this money more? A charity? The government? I can’t imagine this happening again anytime soon, but it still seems like a terrible precedent.