Southern California woman finds $36,000 in cash hidden in couch acquired via Craigslist


COLTON, Calif. — A woman made a startling discovery after bringing home a sofa set she found on Craigslist — more than $36,000 in cash stashed in one of the cushions.

Vicky Umodu said she was never tempted to keep what she found. She said she immediately returned the money to the family who gave her the furniture.

“God has been kind to me and my children, they are all safe. I have three beautiful grandchildren, so what can I ask of God?”

It all started when Umodo started browsing online furniture listings for his new home.

“I scrolled down and saw free items,” Umodu said. “So I clicked on it, and the first thing I found was this family who wanted to donate a sofa and everything in their room. I said it was can -to be a gimmick, so I called them.”

It wasn’t a gimmick. The family donating the furniture explained that a loved one had recently passed away and they were liquidating everything in the property.
Umodu said the two sofas and the chair they gave him worked perfectly in his 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.”

But when she got home and took a closer look at the sofas, she discovered something strange. There was some sort of unknown object inside one of the cushions.

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

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

“I was just saying to my son, come on, come on, come on! I was screaming, it’s money! I have to call the guy.”

Umodu said that when she returned the money, the family told her that they had in fact discovered other cash hidden in the rest of the house, but only a few hundred dollars. They don’t know why the deceased man was able to hide so much money in his sofa.

But as a thank you, they agreed to pay for a new refrigerator for Umodu and gave him $2,200.

“I wasn’t expecting a dime from him, it wasn’t,” she said.

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