A CENTRAL Coast woman, 24, has turned honesty into a handsome profit, with police handing her a solid gold bar valued at $18,000.
The Newcastle Herald reported last month that Tuggerah Lakes police were preparing to reward a woman for her honesty in handing in a serialised gold bar she found on Forresters Beach in April.
This final appeal for attention received national media coverage and the woman had to wait an extra three weeks before being given her reward.
Tuggerah Lakes duty officer Inspector Rod Peet said police received genuine inquiries from people who had been the victims of break and enters more than 10 years ago.
"Those people all had amounts of gold stolen but we were able to eliminate them from our inquiries," he said.
Police presented the gold bar to the woman on Friday, closing the investigation with the mystery remaining.