A Bangladeshi cab driver in New York City is being praised for returning over $21,000 lost by a visitor from Italy.

Seventy-two-year-old Felicia Lettieri, of Italy, left her purse in a Manhattan taxi on Christmas Eve. It contained traveling money for her and six relatives.

Police told them not to get their hopes up about finding it.

But the cabbie, Mohammad "Mukal" Asadujjaman, drove about 50 miles, to a Long Island address he'd found in the purse. No one was home, so he left his phone number, and later returned with the money.

The 28-year-old driver from Bangladesh said that as an observant Muslim he could not accept a reward offered by the grateful passenger.