The Conscience Fund. It’s real. You can check it out. It’s used for voluntary contributions from people who have stolen from or defrauded the US Government. It was created in 1811 when a private citizen sent a check for $5.00 saying he had “misappropriated government funds while serving as a quartermaster in the Army.” He said he felt guilty.
“Suppose we call this a contribution to the conscience fund and get it announced in the newspapers,” suggested Treasury Secretary Francis Spinner. “Perhaps we will get some more.”
In the first twenty years the fund received $250,000. Here are some interesting contributions. Continue reading