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$98,000 Found in Desk Bought on Craigslist

NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- A Connecticut rabbi and his wife say they had no choice but to do the right thing after finding thousands of dollars in a desk they bought off Craigslist.
NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- A Connecticut rabbi and his wife say they had no choice but to do the right thing after finding thousands of dollars in a desk they bought off Craigslist.

Imagine buying a desk under $200 on Craigslist only to find thousands of dollars hidden inside.

That's exactly what happened to a New Haven couple.

A local rabbi and his wife found a huge pile of cash after buying this desk on Craigslist.

When the couple brought the desk home, it wouldn't fit through the door.

"The desk didn't fit into this office by a fraction of an inch," explains Rabbi Noah Muroff.

The couple had to pull the desk apart, including the file cabinets.

Behind the drawers they discovered a plastic bag filled with cash.

"Behind the drawers there was this plastic bag, like a shopping bag I'm talking about. In the bag, I can already see through the bag there's it looks like a 100 dollar bill," Muroff recalls.

After a closer look...

"We open it up and it's full of cash. We count it up and there's 98 thousand dollars cash sitting in the bag."

The couple couldn't believe their eyes.

"Right away. my wife and I sort of looked at each other and said we can't keep this money," Muroff says.

They picked up the phone and called the original owner.

"I saw there was a bag back there and through the bag I sort of saw like one 100 dollar bill and I'm like, "Oh my gosh there's money..."  I picked it up and I was like, "This is pretty heavy" and then we brought it to the table and we started counting it up and we were like, "Oh my gosh.." so..

(Oh my gosh..because...oh my gosh...)"

The original owner, speechless.

She stuffed her inheritance in the desk, forgetting where she put the money.

The rabbi says the most important thing in life is to be honest.


(Noelle Gardner, WTNH for CNN)

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