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Honesty Doesn’t Pay for Ex-Homeless Man

A good deed has come back to haunt a formerly homeless Hackensack man.

James Brady found $850 on a Hackensack sidewalk last April and turned it in to police. Brady was awarded the money six months later after no one contacted police during the required waiting period.

Now, The Record reports that Brady has been denied General Assistance and Medicaid benefits by the Hackensack Human Services Department through Dec. 31 because he failed to report the $850 as new income he received.

The director of human services tells the newspaper they are just following the rules.

Brady was homeless when he found the money but has since found housing. He was featured in news reports nationwide for turning in the money, despite his own financial struggles.

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(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved)

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