updated 11/30/2005 1:02:06 PM ET 2005-11-30T18:02:06

A Southern California cab driver’s simple act of honesty has turned to gold.

Two weeks ago, the driver, Haider Sediqi, tracked down a jeweler and returned to him the $350,000-worth of diamonds he left in the back seat of the taxi.

As a way of saying “thank you,” the jeweler sent the cabbie a $10,000 check and a diamond bracelet.

But the honest cabbie was just as impressed with the man’s thank-you note. The jeweler wrote that the cab driver had “changed his life.”

The driver is putting the money in a bank account to help pay for his children’s schooling. And he’s giving the bracelet to his wife, who assured him he did the right thing in returning the diamonds.

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