After taking a pair of couches she acquired on Craigslist to her house in California, a lady made the shocking discovery that more than $36,000 in cash was concealed under one of the cushions, reports ABC 7 Chicago.
It all began when Vicky Umodu, a resident of Colton who is located in San Bernardino County, started browsing via internet classified advertisements for furnishings for her new house.
She was browsing on Craigslist when she came across three pieces of furniture that someone was giving away for free: two couches and a chair that matched the sofas. “I said, ‘Maybe it’s a gimmick.’ I said, ‘Let me call them,’” Umodu said.
It turned out that the family that was giving away the furniture said that a member of their family had passed away lately, and as a result, they were selling off everything that was located on the property. Umodu said that the chair and two couches that she purchased fitted well in her new home. “I just moved in, and I don’t have anything in my house. I was so excited, so we picked it up and brought it in,” Umodu said.
But once she was in the comfort of her own house and taking a closer look at the couches, she noticed something odd. One of the cushions had an unidentified object of some type inside of it. “I thought it was a heat pad.” Umodu said that he instantly disregarded such notion due to the absence of an electrical cable in the room.
When she eventually got around to unzipping the cushion and looking inside, she came upon a number of envelopes that were each packed with a significant amount of cash. “I was just telling my son, ‘Come, come, come!’ I was screaming, ‘this is money! I need to call the guy.'” She said.
It was $36,000.
Umodu said that she did not have any feelings of temptation to retain what she discovered. She said that she returned the money to the family that had provided her with the furnishings very immediately. “God has been kind to me and my children, they’re all alive and well. I have three beautiful grandchildren, so what can I ever ask from God?” Umodu said.
Umodu said that when she gave the money back to the family, they informed her that they had found further cash stashed around the remainder of the home, although it was just a few hundred dollars’ worth. The family does not know the reason why the dead guy would have concealed such a large amount of money inside his sofa.
“I was not expecting a dime from him, I was not,” she says, but the family decided to show their appreciation for Umodu’s help by providing her with $2,200, which she could use to purchase a new refrigerator.
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