American Woman Finds US$36,000 Inside Sofa She Got on Craigslist, Returns It to Owner

When a woman from Colton, California bought a couch on Craigslist, she never bargained on finding R557 000 ($36,000) hidden in one of the cushions.

God has been kind

Vicky Umodu opted to return the staggering amount to the owner of the seat as she didn’t really need it.

“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?” asked Umodu.

Eyewitness News reports Umodu had just moved into her new home and was looking for furniture from the numerous online ads when she bought one from

It wasn’t a gimmick and shortly afterwards Umodu was the proud owner of two sofas and a chair. She got them easily as the owner had died and his family was liquidating his property.

She was also happy that the furniture fits perfectly in her home.

Started examining the sofas

“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,” said the excited woman.

Upon reaching home, she started examining the sofas more closely, she discovered something strange: an unknown item inside one of the cushions.

“I thought it was a heat pad,” said Umodu, who immediately discounted that theory because there was no electrical cord.

When she finally unzipped the cushion and looked inside, she discovered several envelopes filled with thousands of dollars in cash.

Discovered more money

“I was just telling my son, come, come, come! I was screaming, this is money! I need to call the guy,” said Umodu.

When Umodu returned the money, the family told her they had actually discovered more money hidden throughout the house but just a few hundred dollars.

The family said they were not sure why the deceased man hid so much money inside his couch.

The family rewarded Umodu with a new refrigerator and gave her R34 000.

“I was not expecting a dime from him, I was not,” said Umodu.

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