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Louisiana's Unclaimed Property Program returns $35.5 million
Louisiana's Unclaimed Property Program shattered records by returning $35.5 million in refunds to 116,000 individuals during the 2013-2014 state fiscal year, according to State Treasurer John Kennedy.
(Nov. 18, 2014, Nexstar Broadcasting)

State holding $67M in unclaimed property
The state treasurer's office says it is currently holding more than $67 million in unclaimed financial property that it is hoping to return to its rightful owners.
(Nov. 15, 2014, Rutland Herald)

Alabama state vault holds myriad of unclaimed treasure
What if a state government website existed that had more than half a billion dollars ready to be disbursed to lucky recipients?
(Nov. 19, 2014, Hattiesburg American)

IL unclaimed property to auctioned off
Illinois State Treasurer Dan Rutherford is announcing the next Illinois Treasurer's Online Unclaimed Property Auction featuring coins, bill and jewelry.
(Nov. 12, 2014, KFVS)

Unclaimed property -- The check is in the mail
When I decided to write this blog about unclaimed property (UP), the first thing I did was to go to the National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators' (NAUPA) website to see if I had any UP (i.e., money) due me.
(Nov. 8, 2014, Huffington Post)

75 people with unclaimed property in Southern Idaho
Bellevue resident Jose H. Avila and Jonathon Gardner, of Heyburn, have unclaimed property. (Nov. 11, 2014, Times-News)

500 claim cash after paper prints names
About 500 people submitted claims to the state of Montana for unclaimed property in the final week of October, with the bulk of those filings following publication of an insert in the Tribune that listed 5,800 people who were owed money or property, according to the Montana Department of Revenue.
(Nov. 12, 2014, Great Falls Tribune)

$16 million in unclaimed cash up for grabs: How much is yours?
The state is holding almost $4 billion in unclaimed property, and Wednesday East Texans had the opportunity to reclaim money they may have forgotten about over time.
(Nov. 12, 2014, KTRE)

Are you owed money? Claim your cash!
Chances are, you are one of more than three million people who have unclaimed money and assets held in trust by the Washington State Department of Revenue (Revenue). The question is: what are you waiting for?
(Nov. 12, 2014, KEPR)

State receives $65M in unclaimed property receipts
State Treasurer Rich Sattgast released the state's October Unclaimed Property Receipts for the year, showing the state has so far received $65 million in unclaimed property.
(Nov. 7, 2014, Argus Leader)

Is Picasso's sketchbook going up for auction in Washington?
People have either left or forgotten a lot of different things in bank safe deposit boxes that have eventually wound up in the state's temporary possession.
(Nov. 6, 2014, King 5)

Unclaimed property division wants to help you find your assets
Every Thursday, GoLocal will be presenting you with inside knowledge of the property market from our sponsors Unclaimed Property Division.
(Nov. 6, 2014, Worcester Business Team)

Oklahoma treasurer: Billions of dollars are unclaimed across U.S. from life insurance policies State leaders are debating just how far insurance companies should have to go to track down beneficiaries of life insurance policies.
(Oct. 29, 2014, KFOR)

Unclaimed property expected to top $550 million for state
Unclaimed property is one of the state's biggest moneymakers.
(Oct. 30, 2014, Delaware State News)

Study probes unclaimed property laws
The Senate Insurance Committee listened Wednesday as Treasurer Ken Miller, representatives of the Oklahoma Insurance Department and a spokeswoman for a national life insurers group argued about the application of the state's unclaimed property laws to unclaimed life insurance benefits.
(Oct. 29, KGOU)

Treasure Finders returns $126K to Franklin Countians
Frankfort's Julie Hanus was presented a Treasure Finders check from Kentucky Treasurer Todd Hollenbach and Franklin County Sheriff Pat Melton.
(Oct. 29, 2014, The State Journal)

Watch out for unclaimed funds scam
The Ohio Department of Commerce is warning Ohioans about a company that is mailing postcards to Ohioans asking them to call and search their name for unclaimed funds.
(Oct. 29, 2014, News Democrat)

Montana's unclaimed property tops $63 million
Zachary Adams, Melanie Byrnes, Lindsey Davis, the Montana Department of Revenue is looking for you.
(Oct. 27, 2014, Great Falls Tribune)

Event helped reunite unclaimed property with rightful owners
Could you have money or property just sitting and waiting for you to find it?
(Oct. 22, 2014, WPSD)

75 people with unclaimed property in Southern Idaho
Buhl resident Gertrude Evans and Joseph Combs of Burley have unclaimed property. It's money in some form, and the state wants to give it back.
(Oct. 21, 2014, Times-News)

MT Dept. of Revenue reminds businesses to submit unclaimed property report
The Montana Department of Revenue would like to remind businesses throughout the state that the deadline for submitting an annual unclaimed property report is November 1.
(Oct. 22, 2014, Roundup)

Abandoned property: Romney, Brownies and even J.D. Salinger are on the list, are you?
What do the Chinese University of Hong Kong, the Romney for President campaign, and Brownie Troop 2477 of Newton have in common?
(Oct. 19, 2014, Bloomberg)

Unclaimed-funds scam is making the rounds in Ohio
The state has issued a warning about a scam in which a company is using the state's unclaimed-funds operation as a cover to collect information about consumers, including their Social Security numbers.
(Oct. 23, 2014, The Columbus Dispatch)

Treasurer reminds businesses to report unclaimed property
Every three years, businesses and organizations are required by law to examine their books for any funds and securities they have not been able to return to their customers within the past five years.
(Oct. 18, 2014, The Meridian Star)

Treasurer Stenberg searching for owners of U.S. savings bonds
Nebraska State Treasurer Don Stenberg is seeking to locate the owners of U.S. savings bonds lost and forgotten in safe deposit boxes turned over to the State Treasurer's Office as unclaimed property.
(Oct. 17, 2014, KETV)

Great news for people who love finding lost money
Residents of American cities enjoy receiving money they didn't know was owed to them, and The New York Times is on the case.
(Oct. 20, 2014, Vanity Fair)

Unclaimed cash could be yours
At the South Carolina State Fair Wednesday, people lined up to search their name at the Palmetto Payback booth. They're trying to see if the state owes them money.
(Oct. 15, 2014, WSPA)

Treasurer's unclaimed property ad campaign ends
State Treasurer John Perdue's Unclaimed Property Division finished its most recent ad campaign on Friday, listing unclaimed property in the largest newspaper in each county around the state.
(Oct. 12, 2014, Charleston Gazette)

Another 75 unclaimed property owners from South-Central Idaho
Many Idahoans' names, for one reason or another, end up on the state's unclaimed property list.
(Oct. 14, 2014, Times-News)

State treasurer auctioning off unclaimed property on eBay
Iowa's state treasurer hopes you'll go to his office for your Halloween shopping.
(Oct. 13, 2014, WHO-DT)

Persons should search unclaimed property lists
Residents in southern Indiana have millions of dollars that's been forgotten - $22,077,248 to be exact, according to a press release from the Indiana attorney general's office.
(Oct. 7, 2014, The Herald Tribune)

Find money at the fair
If you go to the fair may walk away with more than just memories, you could find money.
(Oct. 14, 2014, abc Columbia)

Valuables in abandoned safe deposit boxes up for auction
At first glance, it might not seem like much. But the items spread across the table at Yellow Tag Auctions in Chesnee, total thousands.
(Oct. 13, 2014, WSPA)

Amount of unclaimed property returned as result of 2014 State Fair up from last year, Stenberg reports
More than $53,000 of unclaimed property was returned to rightful owners as a result of claims initiated or paid during the Nebraska State Fair, Aug. 22-Sept. 1, in Grand Island, Nebraska State Treasurer Don Stenberg said today.
(Oct. 8, 2014, Insurance News Net)

Limerick man receives $1.7M from Treasury Dept.'s unclaimed property bureau
A township business owner is in the process of claiming $1.7 million from the Pennsylvania Treasury Bureau of Unclaimed Property.
(Oct. 8, 2014, The Mercury News)

State to refund $29 million in BMV overcharges
Claim forms were mailed to thousands of Indiana motorists Wednesday as the state prepares to refund $29 million in overcharges on excise taxes when vehicles were registered.
(Oct. 8, 2014, RTV6)

Treasurer Fitzgerald auctioning off spooktacular items in eBay
State Treasurer Michael L. Fitzgerald's upcoming eBay auction just might have that unique item to complete your Halloween costume. Fitzgerald will host his next unclaimed property eBay auction beginning on October 13.
(Oct. 7, 2014, readMedia)

Unclaimed cash could be waiting for you at The Big E
The State Treasurer's Unclaimed Property Division is holding two and a half billion dollars in unclaimed cash and valuables, and some of it might be yours.
(Sept. 24, 2014, WWLP)

Treasurer warns of sweepstakes tax scam
Kentucky Treasurer Todd Hollenbach says scam artists are at work again calling Kentuckians with the news that they've won a $2.5 million international sweepstakes but to claim the prize they're required to first wire $1, 295 cash to the scammers.
(Sept. 23, 2014, The Harlan Daily Enterprise)

New database helps unclaimed life insurance policy searches
The owners of unclaimed life insurance settlements now have a database put together by the state to help them search for and claim their accounts.
(Sept. 22, 2014, Central Valley Business Times)

Unclaimed property booth set up at Great Frederick Fair
In addition to the food, rides, shows and displays, there's one other place you might want to visit this week at the Great Frederick Fair. That's the booth set up by the Maryland Comptroller's Office.
(Sept. 17, 2014, WFMD)

75 people with unclaimed property in Southern Idaho
Bliss resident Dean Jensen and Brian Balck, of Twin Falls, have unclaimed property. It's money in some form, and the state wants to give it back.
(Sept. 15, 2014, Times-News)

State program reunites residents with unclaimed cash, property
Autumn Basler became at least $10 richer Wednesday, though the money always belonged to her.
(Sept. 18, 2014, The Daily Republican)

The Capitol's Treasury vault is a mix of buried history, forgotten treasures
Tucked in the basement of the state Finance Building is a treasure trove of forgotten and lost collectibles and attractive keepsakes.
(Sept. 18, 2014, The Patriot-News)

The state might owe you money; find out and claim it
The Ohio Department of Commerce is asking residents of Ohio to take a moment to see if they have any unclaimed funds or property the state owes them.
(Sept. 16, 2014, WCPO)

Pineville court tries to fix unclaimed property issue
A new audit report says the Pineville City Court did not comply with the Louisiana Unclaimed Property Act for checks dating back at least a dozen years.
(Sept. 10, 2014, The Town Talk)

MN Commerce Dept.: State fairgoers claim $715K in missing money
The Minnesota Department of Commerce says this year's Great Minnesota Get-Together was a huge success for consumers finding missing money.
(Sept. 8, 2014, WCCO)

Sale here of unclaimed property for state Treasury generates $284,000
The sale was the third auction of unclaimed property handled by Morphy for the Treasury Department. The three events combined have raised nearly $750,000.
(Sept. 8, 2014, Intelligencer Journal)

It is true, you may have unclaimed money
If you think like many of us, the thought of unclaimed money, and your name being mentioned in the same sentence, is far fetched.
(Sept. 6, 2014, Athens Daily Review)

Record number of unclaimed property claims at state fair
There was a record 2,385 requests for unclaimed property at this year's state fair, up by more than 1,000 claims from last year.
(Sept. 3, 2014, The Lane Report)

State treasurers' unclaimed property specialists ready to assist Nebraskans
Just back from a successful outreach effort at the Nebraska State Fair, the Unclaimed Property specialists in the Nebraska State Treasurer's Office are inviting Nebraskans to visit them, Sept. 9-11, at Husker Harvest Days in Grand Island.
(Sept. 11, 2014, New York Times)

Nebraska state fair goers encouraged to visit unclaimed property booth Visitors to the 2014 Nebraska State Fair in Grand Island are invited to stop by the Nebraska State Treasurer's booth in the Exhibition Building to search for unclaimed property and to ask for help in filing claims, State Treasurer Don Stenberg said today.
(Aug. 21, 2014, 10 11 HD)

State owes $7B in unclaimed property to Californians
It's hard to believe some Californians would just forget to pick up their hard earned money, but that's exactly what is happening. The State Controller's Office said there's a $7 billion waiting to be claimed.
(Aug. 19, 2014, Fox 5)

Golden opportunities await at unclaimed property auction Saturday in Providence
Locked away below a state office building in a code-protected vault is a 22-karat gold, child-size crown, a popular gift in some European countries for a newborn.
(Aug. 19, 2014, Providence Journal)

Treasury and Acadiana Mall to host unclaimed property event
Louisiana residents have more than $600 million in Unclaimed Property, and Lafayette area residents can see if any of this money belongs to them at an Unclaimed Property Awareness Day on Saturday, Aug. 23, at 5725 Johnston St. in Lafayette.
(Aug. 19, 2014, Insurance News Net)

DOL on 'orphan' accounts: try harder
Got a problem with missing plan participants? The Department of Labor now has some new and improved advice on what to do.
(Aug. 18, 2014, BenefitsPro)

Illinois Tollway customers can reclaim old I-PASS account funds
The Illinois Tollway is offering customers a chance to retrieve an estimated $2.2 million in unclaimed funds from I-PASS accounts that have been inactive for the past seven years or more.
(Aug. 21, 2014, WREX)

Florida unclaimed property treasure hunt brings in $1.31 million for public schools
Floridians always love a good treasure hunt. Last weekend, savvy bidders had an opportunity to help Florida's schools by taking home some forgotten treasure.
(Aug. 12, 2014, The Bay)

Orlando woman receives $40K in unclaimed property auction
A lucky Orlando woman received a $40,000 check as part of a series of events leading up to Florida's 2014 unclaimed property auction.
(Aug. 7, 2014, WFTV)

NJ unclaimed property returns record $125 million during FY2014
The Unclaimed Property Administration, a division of the State Department of the Treasury, returned a record amount of money to New Jersey residents during the last three years.
(Aug. 1, 2014, Atlantic Highlands Herald)

Treasurer McCord: Unclaimed property can help local pools, swim clubs stay 'afloat'
Local swim clubs help members beat the summer heat, but many struggle with reduced community funding and high maintenance costs, a problem that the Pennsylvania Treasury is helping to remedy for Rainbow Hills Swim Club in Harrisburg with the return of its unclaimed property.
(Aug. 7, 2014, Insurance News Net)

Search on-line for lost treasure at the Kentucky State Fair
Now fairgoers can not only digitally search the Treasury's list of hundreds of thousands of unclaimed properties valued at nearly half-a-billion ($500,000,000) dollars but they will also be able to file a claim on-line.
(Aug. 12, 2014,

Unclaimed money lands Bullitt County residents with unexpected windfall
Two and a half million dollars is up for grabs in Bullitt County. The money is all part of a massive chunk of unclaimed property. Government officials are trying to track down the owners to give them thousands of dollars they may have never known they had.
(Aug. 8, 2014, WDRB)

State controller unclaimed property search leaves Temecula talking
Mellisa Reynolds of Temecula is counting herself lucky today, as she opened the mail to an unplanned surprise.
(Aug. 7, 2014,

A mound of forgotten money, and even you may have a claim
For years, Jerry Seinfeld and Joan Rivers, and as many as 6,914 other customers, have never claimed refunds due them from Bergdorf's. General Motors has been in hock to Rupert Murdoch for nearly a decade.
(Aug. 1, 2014, The New York Times)

State to auction $1M in unclaimed property
Inside the Florida Department of Financial Services lies a vault full of boxes. But, what's in those boxes is considered treasure - fascinating items like diamond and platinum rings, a gold stopwatch and ancient coins.
(Aug. 6, 2014, First Coast News)

State Treasurer offers unclaimed property list, services at State Fair
State Treasurer Clint Zweifel's office will be on hand for the duration of the Missouri State Fair attempting to reunite citizens with millions of dollars in unclaimed property.
(Aug. 6, 2014, Sedalia Democrat)

State of ID. holds unclaimed assets they want to give back to rightful owners
More than $120-million in unclaimed assets are waiting to be claimed in Idaho.
(Aug. 5, 2014, KLEW)

N.J. returns $125.1M in unclaimed property, funds to residents
New Jersey returned a record $125.1 million in unclaimed property and funds to residents during the last fiscal year.
(Aug. 1, 2014, The Star-Ledger)

B.C. residents are owed $92.3 million in uncashed government cheques
Many B.C. residents are a little richer than they think.
(Aug. 6, 2014, The Province)

State Treasurer Dan Rutherford announces big I-Cash returns in July
Illinois State Treasurer Dan Rutherford released I-Cash numbers that show the program returned 43 percent more money to rightful owners in July of 2014 versus July of 2013.
(Aug. 6, 2014, Press Mentor)

New law protects Pennsylvanians recovering lost money and items
At the urging of state Treasurer Rob McCord, legislation enacted recently will guard Pennsylvanians against fraud and deceptive practices when they employ a service to help them claim their money or property that has been turned over to the state.
(Aug. 4, 2014, Insurance News)

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