Driver Finds $4,000 in Back Seat of Taxi

August 11, 2010 Updated Aug 11, 2010 at 7:00 PM EDT

By John Borsa

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August 11, 2010 Updated Aug 11, 2010 at 7:00 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) -- Kevin Schojan was in a panic late Wednesday afternoon after he lost $4,000 in the back seat of a taxi.

"We called around the cab companies and didn't remember the name of the cab," he said.

"All I remembered is it was an older gentleman with a yellow cab," said Schojan, who took the taxi to the bank to make a withdrawal.

A few hours later, he reached the dispatcher at Liberty Cab who helped Schojan track down cab.

Driver James Hari found an envelope in his back seat stuffed with $4,000.

"So I went back and returned it," said Hari, who recently retired from Ford in Lake View.

He's been driving a cab for just three months.

"I didn't hesitate," he said. "I always try to do the right thing."

Hari and the dispatcher were both rewarded for their honesty.

"I handed him $100 and I told him to give $100 to Tracy at dispatch," said Schojan, who said he gave Hari a huge hug when the cab driver returned the cash.