John and Jennifer Jacobson of Scarborough said their daughter, Abbie, was visiting Sam's Club with her father in April when she discovered the small purse on the ground and found it contained more than $4,000 in $100 bills, a debit card and a cache of gold rings, bracelets and earrings, the New York Daily News reported Wednesday.
The debit card was the only identifying item in the purse, which the family turned in to police. The family called the bank that issued the card, the Bank of Maine, and officials then contacted the purse's owner, Ra Rim.
Rim's daughter and interpreter, Chansatha Meas, said her mother is a recent immigrant from Cambodia and had been at Sam's Club shopping for gifts to take back to the country with her on a planned visit. She said the trip would have been canceled if the cash hadn't been returned.
Rim said she took a picture of Abbie with her to Cambodia and told friends and family the girl was her "angel."
The head of the Bank of Maine, who read in a local paper about Abbie's fondness for pop star Justin Bieber, decided to reward the girl's honesty with free tickets for her whole family to Bieber's sold-out concert this fall in Boston. The Marriott Hotel in Boston has offered to put the family up for free when they attend the show.