Contractor, Homeowner Fight Over Money Found Hidden in Walls

Published: Dec. 12, 2007 at 2:06 PM EST
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CLEVELAND (AP) - A contractor in Cleveland who helped discover bundles of Depression-era currency totaling $182,000 hidden behind bathroom walls says the homeowner should turn the money over to him or at least share it.

Bob Kitts says his feud with the owner of the 83-year house has deteriorated to the point where they speak to each other only through lawyers.

Kitts says his lawyer has drafted a lawsuit that he hopes will force Amanda Reece to turn over the money she has kept.

He says most of the currency, issued in 1927 and 1929, is in good condition, and some of the bills are so rare that one currency appraiser valued the treasure at up to $500,000.

Reece accuses Kitts of extortion.