06/22/2017 11:30 EDT | Updated 06/22/2017 16:31 EDT

Ohio Couple Accidentally Donates Nearly US$100,000 To Goodwill

Employees initially assumed it was play money or counterfeit.

ZANESVILLE, Ohio — A couple has gotten back nearly US$100,000 they mistakenly donated to Goodwill Industries in Ohio.

The (Zanesville) Times Recorder reports two Goodwill employees in Zanesville initially thought it was play money or counterfeit cash after finding $97,000 in $100 bills in a duffel bag inside a box of clothes last week.

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The duffel bag also contained legal documents and the last will and testament for Dan and Lynette Leckrone of Lewisville, about 115 miles (185 kilometres) west of Columbus.

After numerous messages from Goodwill went unreturned, the couple finally retrieved the money from the Zanesville Police Department, where Goodwill had taken it for safekeeping.

Dan Leckrone says he withdrew the cash the couple had saved for a new home to deposit in another bank.