Monday, February 19, 2001

Trucker wants court to handle reward

The Associated Press

        CLEVELAND — An armored car company plans to ask a court to determine who should get part of a reward for helping lead to the return of $640,000 that fell from a truck.

        AT Systems Great Lakes Inc. had offered a $75,000 reward for the return of the lost money and a $10,000 reward for the tipster who provided a reliable description of the person who picked up the money Feb. 7.

        Three 42-pound bales of money fell out of an armored truck after it left the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland in the city's downtown.

        Mark Morant, 38, of Cleveland, returned the money two days later. He said he held onto the money because he wanted to make sure the right person received it.

        The FBI recommended Mr. Morant get the $75,000 reward because the shrink-wrapped mon ey was undisturbed. The FBI also said an unnamed man who described Mr. Morant would get the $10,000 tipsters reward.

        Another person, Valerie McCoy, is claiming she should get the tipsters reward and has sued AT Systems. Ms. McCoy said she saw Mr. Morant pick up the money and called a television station after hearing reports.

        AT Systems says that for now, no reward money, including the finders fee, will be given out.


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