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Transamerica agrees to $11 million death payment settlement
Transamerica Life Insurance Co. will pay $11.2 million to several states as part of a multi-million dollar settlement regarding its use of the Social Security Administration's Death Master File.
(Oct. 10, 2013, Insurance & Financial Advisor)
State has millions in unclaimed property
AAA spokesperson Kaelyn Kelly was surprised to see the company listed 15 times as the owner of unclaimed property on the Department of Revenue website. The listings were previously unnoticed because they were under variations of the same name.
(Oct. 23, 2013, Beartooth NBC)
Unclaimed cash available at North Carolina State Fair
In addition to funnel cakes and deep fried Snickers at the North Carolina State Fair, some lucky fairgoers may make it home with some extra cash in their pockets.
(Oct. 22, 2013, WTVD)
State releases latest list of unclaimed property
State Treasurer Denise Nappier launched the latest campaign to return unclaimed money to Connecticut residents on Thursday.
(Oct. 17, 2013, WFSB)
Kan. treasurer pursuing lost US Savings Bonds
A large part of what the Kansas Treasurer's Office does is handle unclaimed property, including $250 million "that probably belongs to some of you in this room," Kansas Treasurer Ron Estes told Clay Center Lions Tuesday. Right now, there's a big push to recover savings bonds.
(Oct. 23, 2013, The Dispatch)
State holding money that could be yours
The state of Maine is holding onto millions of dollars, and some of it could be yours. It's part of the state's unclaimed property account. (Sept. 26, 2013, WGME)
Call Kurtis investigates: 16-year-old viewer helps change unclaimed property law
16-year-old Tanner Call thinks it's pretty cool a state law just passed started with him after realizing someone took money right out of his savings. "No money should be taken. It's not theirs," he said.
(Oct. 1, 2013, KMAX)
75 people in Idaho with unclaimed property
Many Idahoans' names, for one reason or another, end up on the state's unclaimed property list.
(Oct. 1, 2013, Times-News)
Savvy Shopper: Find out if unclaimed property is waiting for you
While some believe that life's sweetest rewards are earned, I must beg to differ. Although hard work is essential, I cherish life's mercies even more.
(Sept. 28, 2013, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal)
New Albany stakes its claim to money
Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller presented New Albany Mayor Jeff Gahan with a check for $33,150, which was found this year from an insurance audit.
(Oct. 2, 2013, News and Tribune)
State treasurer's unclaimed-property auction nets nearly $135,000 for account owners
State Treasurer Clint Zweifel recently announced his Unclaimed Property Auction netted nearly $135,000 for account owners. The auction was held in Sept. 24 and 25 in Columbia.
(Sept. 29, 2013, Headliner News)
'Treasure Finders' returning unclaimed property
Officials from the State Treasury were in Pike County Thursday trying to return unclaimed money to folks in the area.
(Sept. 26, 2013, WYMT)
Treasurer McCord: $91,000 returned to PA SSHE schools
Since taking office in January 2009, State Treasurer Rob McCord and his Return Team have reunited Pennsylvania's 14 State System of Higher Education universities with more than $91,000.
(Sept. 26, 2013, Real Estate Rama)
Mass. unclaimed property totals $2.4 billion
Massachusetts residents should be on the lookout for unclaimed funds, according to those who track them.
(Sept. 9, 2013, WAMC)
Magic Valley residents have unclaimed property
When people move, divorce, close bank accounts or make other lifestyle changes, they sometimes leave behind forgotten property. Unclaimed property usually means money - checking or savings accounts, stock dividends, mutual funds and utility refunds.
(Sept. 10, 2013, Times-News)
Massachusetts man unsuccessfully attempts to defraud Great Iowa Treasure Hunt; Sentenced two years in prison
State Treasurer Michael L. Fitzgerald announced today that a Massachusetts man, Kevin Upshaw, was sentenced to two years in Massachusetts state prison for his involvement in a scheme to defraud the Great Iowa Treasure Hunt.
(Sept. 11, 2013, readMedia)
Hidden treasure at KS State Fair
State Treasurer Ron Estes announced today that individuals who attend this year's Kansas State Fair may come across hidden treasure by finding their names listed among thousands of unclaimed property listings.
(Sept. 6, 2013, Hays Post)
Dept. of State Lands surprises Volcanoes with a check
Employees from the Oregon Department of State Lands surprised the Salem Keizer Volcanoes on Wednesday with a big check -- a really big check.
(Sept. 6, 2013, Statesman Journal)
State treasurer working to return $500M in property to rightful owners
State Treasurer Ken Miller is looking for OU football fans who might have any unclaimed property.
(Sept. 6, 2013, KFOR)
8 on your side: Treasurer warns of unclaimed property scam
A new scam promises victims money in the form of unclaimed property, but it's designed to steal their identities instead.
(Sept. 6, 2013, KLAS)
Unclaimed property class action lawsuit dismissed
A federal district court judge in Massachusetts has called into question the very basis for the aggressive efforts of states to collect the unclaimed proceeds of life insurance policies.
(Aug. 21, 2013, Life Health Pro)
President Obama tops Bay State's unclaimed property hall of fame
Too bad he didn't know last week when he was on the Vineyard, or President Obama could have dropped by state Treasurer Steve Grossman's office to pick up the more than $300 the commonwealth owes him in unclaimed property - because who doesn't need a few extra bucks while on vacay?
(Aug. 22, 2013, Boston Herald)
75 People with Unclaimed Property in South-central Idaho
Many Idahoans' names, for one reason or another, end up on the state's unclaimed property list.
(Aug. 20, 2013, Times News)
Unclaimed property search event scheduled for Friday in Grayson County
Grayson County Treasurer Trent Bass is proud to partner with the Texas Comptroller's Unclaimed Property Outreach Team to host an Unclaimed Property Search Event.
(Aug. 19, 2013, KTEN)
Treasurer: Nearly $850,000 available to claim for Pa. school districts
Nearly $850,000 in unclaimed property is available to claim by schools and school districts, including two in Cumberland County, according to state Treasurer Rob McCord.
(Aug. 21, 2013, The Sentinel)
THREE MINUTES: State Treasurer Michael Fitzgerald
Imagine going to the State Fair and finding $107,000 you didn't realize you had.
(Aug. 18, 2013, WHO)
ING settles with 7 states on unclaimed property
A comprehensive examination of ING's unclaimed property practices conducted on behalf of seven states has uncovered no wrongdoing.
(Aug. 19, 2013, Life Health Pro)
State treasurer warns about phony unclaimed property Web sites
Illinois State Treasurer Dan Rutherford is reminding Illinois residents that checking the unclaimed property website, www.treasurer.il.gov, is free of charge, and a service provided by his office. (Aug. 13, 2013, Clinton Journal.)
State Treasurer May Have Some Money For You
Some Missourians might go to the state fair and find a huge check waiting for them. (Aug. 15, 2013, KTTS.)
Treasury returns $101,473 in unclaimed property
The state Department of the Treasury has returned $101,473 in unclaimed money to hundreds of Lake Charles area residents during a weekend event in Lake Charles. (Aug. 13, 2013, The Advocate.)
Kentucky Treasurer Warns Of Unclaimed Property Email Scam
State Treasurer Todd Hollenbach is warning Kentuckians to be on guard against fraudulent emails alleging that they have unclaimed property. (Aug. 6, 2013, WTVQ.)
Money You Forgot? 75 Owners of Unclaimed Property
Many Idahoans' names, for one reason or another, end up on the state's unclaimed property list. (Aug. 6, 2013, Times-News.)
Zweifel invites Missourians to look for their share of $760 million at Mo State Fair
State Treasurer Clint Zweifel (ZWY-ful) holds $760 million in Unclaimed Property for 4.4 million account owners, and is asking 2013 Missouri State Fair attendees to check and see if any of it could be theirs. (Aug. 6, 2013, Sedalia News Journal.)
Treasurer Hollenbach Praises Unclaimed Property Employees
A total of $3,553,663 worth of checks representing 6979 claims are in the mail to Kentuckians this month thanks to the hard work of the employees in the Unclaimed Property Division of the Kentucky Treasury. (Aug. 3, 2013, Surf KY News.)
Raimondo's message of unclaimed money has seniors listening
Rhode Island General Treasurer Gina Raimondo treated members of Warwick's Pilgrim Senior Center to a visit yesterday during her Summer Smart Money Tour. (Aug. 1, 2013, Johnston Sunrise.)
Blue Jays help Va. fans find $350K in unclaimed property
The Bluefield Blue Jays and the Virginia Department of the Treasury's Unclaimed Property Program are excited to announce the two organizations were able to return total assets worth $351,690.87 to fans at Bowen Field on July 29. (Aug. 8, 2013, WVVA.)
You too could have unclaimed property
There is a one-in-five chance that you have unclaimed property at the Nebraska State Treasurer's Office. (Aug. 8, 2013, The North Platte Telegraph.)
State Treasurer Clint Zweifel warns Missourians of new Unclaimed Property email scam
State Treasurer Clint Zweifel (ZWY-ful) is warning Missourians of an email scam being sent nationwide that claims the recipient is owed millions of dollars in Unclaimed Property discovered during an audit by the National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators (NAUPA). (July 26, 2013, KOAM.)
State Treasurer Warns Mississippians Of Fraudulent Email
Treasurer Lynn Fitch says an email message is circulating around from a person who claims to be a regional auditor from the National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators (NAUPA). (July 26, 2013, WJTV.)
New scam plays on hopes of unclaimed property rewards
The Virginia Department of Treasury has released a warning about a new scam. July 30, 2013, WTKR.)
Record-Breaking Year for Unclaimed Cash & Property Returns
According to a release from Atwater's office, the Bureau of Unclaimed Property returned more than $212 million in unclaimed cash and property to families, - an annual increase of more than $23 million from when he first took office. (July 30, 2013, Space Coast Daily.)
SOLD! Dept. of Commerce holds unclaimed property auction
Collectors and the curious are discovering treasures now that the Minnesota Department of Commerce is holding its once-a-decade auction of unclaimed property. (July 25, 2013, KMSP.)
State Treasurer on pace to return record $40 Million in 2013
State Treasurer Kurt Schuller and staff from the Unclaimed Property Unit are proud to announce returning $19,293,262 in unclaimed property to date. In 2012, a nearly $36 million was returned. (July 24, 2013, Agra-View.)
You Don't Need Help To Claim Your Unclaimed Funds
Since David is a Consumerist reader, he's probably known in his family as a generally savvy person to check with regarding all things financial. Or he's just smart. Either way, a relative asked him about a letter offering help claiming an apparently abandoned insurance settlement. Was it a scam? Well, no. Not exactly. (July 22, 2013, Consumerist.)
Tuscumbia Woman Thankful For Money Claimed After Taking Action Event
Dozens of people across the Tennessee Valley have been reunited with money and property that was rightfully theirs; they just needed a little help finding it. (July 22, 2013, WHNT.)
State Treasurer Ron Crane Takes Steps to Make Unclaimed Property Holder Reporting Easier for Idaho Businesses
A new Business Holder Packet was recently created by those with the National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators and is now available on their website at www.sto.idaho.gov/UnclaimedProperty. (July 29, 2013, Idaho State Journal.)
"Nothing Compares" to Finding Lost Money with State Treasurer Michael L. Fitzgerald's Great Iowa Treasure Hunt
State Treasurer Michael L. Fitzgerald announced today that a stop at the Great Iowa Treasure Hunt booth during the 2013 Iowa State Fair may be worthwhile, as fair goers could find their names among the hundreds of thousands of individuals with unclaimed property. (July 30, 2013, readMedia.)
Comptroller Susan Combs returns $1 billion to Texas unclaimed property owners
Texas Comptroller Susan Combs announced she has returned $1 billion in unclaimed property to rightful owners since she took office in 2007. This is the largest sum of money ever returned by a Texas Comptroller. (July 30, 2013, North Texas News.)
Auditor: $11.3M in unclaimed property returned
Arkansas Auditor Charlie Daniels' office says $11.3 million in unclaimed property was returned to owners in the past fiscal year. (July 30, 2013, Associated Press.)
Diamond ring, gold bullion among Florida's unclaimed property
A 5.82 karat diamond ring and four American eagle gold bullion coins are among the items the Florida Bureau of Unclaimed Property will put on the auction block. (July 30, 2013, Tampa Bay Business Journal.)
State Of New Mexico To Auction Unclaimed Property
Governor Susana Martinez announced that the State will auction off thousands of items, including collectibles and antiques, that have been unclaimed by their rightful owners or heirs for the past 18 years. (July 29, 2013, KAMR.)
More families stake claim to unclaimed NM property
State officials say more previously unclaimed property has been pulled from a planned Saturday auction. (July 29, 2013, Anchorage Daily News.)
Hospital Foundation to Use Unclaimed Funds to Benefit Patients
Nebraska State Treasurer Don Stenberg stopped by Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney Friday where he delivered a $7,320 check for unclaimed property owed to the hospital. (July 26, 2013, KOLN.)
How to Find Unclaimed Money and Property
Loss is part of life. Some of us lose in love. Some of us are famous for losing our car keys or a cell phone. And we all lose family and friends, eventually. But a lost life insurance policy or money missing from a dormant bank or brokerage account can be maddening, even tragic, if you or a family member deserves the cash. (June 27, 2013, PBS.)
Verus touts its work redirecting unclaimed property; Critics say billion dollar ‘industry' is flawed
Despite the constant controversy that surrounds life insurance policies and unclaimed property laws, James Hartley Jr., co-founder and chief executive officer of Verus Financial LLC, takes pride in the changes his company instilled in the industry. (July 29, 2013, Legal Newsline.)
Unclaimed Government Checks Found Piling Up
It's the five letter word that politicians can't stop whining about: MONEY. But when government wants your money you better pay up, or else. (July 30, 2013, WFMY.)
Finding Wall Street's missing money (and yours too!)
John Paulson misplaced some. Mark Zuckerberg and the Blankfein family did, too. Locked in various state comptrollers' vaults are billions of dollars that are owed to millions of people, ranging from the average Joe to Wall Street heavyweights like hedge fund manager Bill Ackman and former Citigroup CEO Vikram Pandit. (July 25, 2013, CNBC.
Money Talks: Don't Pay to Find Lost Money
Nothing's nicer than finding some cash in a pocket you forgot you had. Even better, though: opening an envelope and seeing you've got $150 you didn't know you had. (July 24, 2013, KGBT.)
Help or No Help with Unclaimed Property?
Our Taking Action Event Lost & Found is paying off. But during the hype of finding long lost money, WHNT News 19 wants to make sure people understand, there are risks if you decide to pay a service to help you identify unclaimed property. (July 23, 2013, WHNY.)
Treasurer Stenberg Announces Unclaimed Property Outreach Events
Unclaimed Property specialists with the Nebraska State Treasurer's Office will take part in outreach events in the coming months to help Nebraskans search for money they didn't know they had, State Treasurer Don Stenberg said today. (July 22, 2013, Nebraska City News-Press.)
West Virginia treasurer returns $6.2M in unclaimed property to owners in FY13
The West Virginia State Treasurer's Office returned $6.2 million in unclaimed assets to owners in the 2013 fiscal year. (July 25, 2013, Charleston Gazette.)
Minnesota selling priceless items from unclaimed safe-deposit boxes
For sale to the highest bidder: a baseball signed by Babe Ruth. An autographed Joe DiMaggio picture. Gold and vintage jewelry. Old coins and stamps. Paintings by 20th-century modernist artist Jenny de Bloot. (July 25, 2013, Star Tribune.)
NM to auction unclaimed property, gold coins
A 7-pound gold bar. An 1802 bottle of Napoleon Cognac. A stuffed teddy bear with a lost story. (July 18, 2013, Miami Herald.)
Family recognizes 7-pound gold bar
The 7-pound gold bar that is among unclaimed property the New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department plans to auction this week belongs to the surviving family members of a Russian immigrant, according to an Albuquerque attorney. (July 24, 2013, Durango Herald.)
Texas holding more that $159 million in unclaimed property
One in four Texans has unclaimed property from forgotten bank accounts, uncashed checks, security deposits and utility refunds. It's your money, and you need to get it back. (July 24, 2013, Gonzales Inquirer.)
Illinois State Treasurer Dan Rutherford Helps Reunite American Legions with $88K in Unclaimed Money
There's nothing like finding money that you didn't know was yours. That is exactly what's happening for the American Legion-Department of Illinois, the American Legion Auxiliary, Legion posts and Auxiliary units across the state. (July 22, 2013, Chicago Tribune.)
Our View: Step right up and claim what's yours
It sounds like an Internet farce. Millions of dollars are waiting for you to claim! But in the case of the state of Louisiana, it's actually true. (July 18, 2013, News Star.)
This letter offering you free money isn't a scam
The Pennsylvania Treasury soon will be sending letters to more than 60,000 people believed to be the owners of the newest unclaimed property being held by the state. (July 16, 2013, The Morning Call.)
More than $12B in unclaimed property in New York
Richard Paetzold said he knew he had lost money somewhere, but said he had given up on trying to retrieve it. Some, he said, disappeared because of a clerical error. (July 18, 2013, WBNG.)
Kentucky state treasurer warns of unclaimed property scams
Kentucky State Treasurer Todd Hollenbach is urging residents across the Commonwealth to be alert for scams involving unclaimed property. (July 16, 2013, Associated Press.)
Treasurer finds $88k for veterans' groups
The Illinois State Treasurer's Office announced Friday that slightly more than $88,000 has been transferred to American Legion units across the state from I-Cash unclaimed property. (July 13, 2013, The Southern.)
State holds millions in unclaimed money
The state is holding more than $10 million in unclaimed property belonging to thousands of Ouachita Parish residents who have yet to claim their portion. (July 17, 2013, The News Star.)
NM To Hold Auction For Unclaimed Property
Gold bars and coins are among the valuables and other objects that the state of New Mexico plans to auction. Gov. Susana Martinez on Thursday plans to announce the date for the Taxation and Revenue Department's unclaimed property auction. (July 18, 2013, KRWG.)
Wisconsin on pace to return $40 million to citizens
More than $19 million in unclaimed property has been returned to Wisconsin citizens this year, according to State Treasurer Kurt Schuller. (July 17, 2013, Fond du Lac Reporter.)
Money Talks: Don't Pay to Find Lost Money
Nothing's nicer than finding some cash in a pocket you forgot you had. Even better, though: opening an envelope and seeing you've got $150 you didn't know you had. (July 17, 2013, KGBT.)
Missing something? Pa. sends out unclaimed property letters
More than 1,100 Yorkers should watch their mailboxes over the next few weeks for a letter urging them to claim property being held by the state. (July 18, 2013, York Dispatch.)
State may have some $$$$ for YOU
Do you have a bank account you forgot about, an unclaimed insurance refund, or utility deposit you neglected to collect when you moved? (July 16, 2013, Charlton County Herald.)
Money You Forgot? 75 Owners of Unclaimed Property in South-central Idaho
Many Idahoans' names, for one reason or another, end up on the state's unclaimed property list. People get divorced, they get remarried, they move out of state. And sometimes they don't leave the bank a forwarding address. (July 16, 2013, Times-News.)
Raimondo Introduces Summer Smart Money Tour in Rhode Island
Rhode Island General Treasurer Gina M. Raimondo today announced the start of her Smart Money Tour to increase awareness about the ways Treasury can help people find, and save money. (July 15, 2013, GoLocalProv.)
Millions unclaimed: Montana website makes searching for property easier
When the mail came saying he had unclaimed property coming, Billings neurologist Dr. Dennis O'Brien thought he was getting scammed. (July 15, 2013, The Montana Standard.)
Claim your Texas unclaimed property from the State of Texas
Texas Comptroller Susan Combs announced today she has returned $1 billion in unclaimed property to rightful owners since she took office in 2007. This is the largest sum of money ever returned by a Texas Comptroller. (July 12, 2013, The Vindicator.)
Elderly citizens get look at programs available to them at 4th annual expo
Hundreds of senior citizens came to the Schuylkill Mall on Wednesday to learn about what services are available to them through government agencies and private providers during Senior Citizens Expo 2013. (July 11, 2013, Republican Herald.)
Controller sues second life insurer for violating unclaimed property law
State Controller John Chiang on Wednesday filed a lawsuit against a Missouri-based life insurance company for refusing to turn over records needed to audit the company, which is suspected of failing to pay life insurance benefits to the heirs of deceased policy holders. (July 14, 2013, Lake County News.)
Funding Boost: DMPS Gets ‘Treasure' Check
The Des Moines Public Schools got a financial boost Tuesday but it didn't come in the form of a grant or a big donor. (July 2, 2013, WHO.)
Does the state of Maryland owe you money?
The Maryland Comptroller's Office holds unclaimed property records on hundreds of thousands of accounts, which are worth hundreds of millions of dollars in total. (July 9, 2013, The Baltimore Sun.)
IN Atty General: "Millions of Dollars for Millions of Hoosiers
The city of Terre Haute just came into a bit of money -- and you could be next. Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller was in town on Tuesday, presenting a $1,600 check to Mayor Duke Bennett. (July 2, 2013, WTWO.)
8 on Your Side: Millions in Unclaimed Property Available
Nevada Treasurer Kate Marshall is looking for the rightful owners of unclaimed property. This money could be an old deposit someone never collected, a refund that was never cashed or a safe deposit box that was forgotten. (June 20, 2013, KLAS.)
How to claim unclaimed property
Do you have unclaimed property? If so, how would you know? Is it worthwhile to pay a service to help you identify unclaimed property? (June 18, 2013, Journal Advocate.)
Raytown gets Unclaimed Property kiosk
In a first for the Kansas City area, Missouri state treasurer Clint Zweifel has placed a kiosk at a Raytown driver's license office to help Missourians track unclaimed property. (June 18, 2013, The Kansas City Star.)
State sitting on $2.6 billion in unclaimed property
Area resident Barbara Roberts couldn't quite believe her luck recently when she learned she had unclaimed cash the Texas State Comptroller's office had been holding onto since her college days. (June 18, 2013, Palestine Herald-Press.)
PA Treasurer McCord Returns More Than $13,000 in Unclaimed Property to Philadelphia Health Care Advocacy Group
More than $467 million in lost and forgotten money and valuables are up for claim in southeastern Pennsylvania, State Treasurer Rob McCord stressed today during a visit to a Philadelphia health care advocacy group that claimed its cash earlier this year. (June 19, 2013, Pennsylvania RealEstateRama.)
Tech Helps Arkansas Residents Get Cash Faster
Everyone likes a little extra cash in their pocket. And now Arkansas is making that happen a bit more conveniently for some residents through the use of identity management technology. (June 18, 2013, Government Technology.)
Iowa program leads to $18,000 windfall for Sioux City church
The State of Iowa cut St. Paul's Lutheran Church a check for $18,000, Wednesday. (June 5, 2013, KTIV.)
Unclaimed Property Auction Brings in $1.16 Million for Florida Schools
On Wednesday, Florida CFO Jeff Atwater said the 2013 Unclaimed Property Auction which had taken place in Tampa on Saturday brought in $1.16 million for public schools. (June 13, 2013, Sunshine State News.)
State Treasurer will visit KY3, take calls about unclaimed property
Missouri's state treasurer will make a stop by the KY3 offices today in an effort to return millions of dollars' worth of unclaimed property to the people of the state. (June 12, 2013, KY3.)
Savvy Senior: How to find lost life-insurance policies
When my father passed away we thought he had a life insurance policy, but we haven't been able to track it down. Do you know of any resources that might help? (June 11, 2013, The Forest-Blade.)
Pa. Treasury: Unclaimed property program hits $1B mark
The commonwealth's unclaimed property program has surpassed the $1 billion mark for collection of lost and forgotten money and valuables since state Treasurer Rob McCord took office in 2009, his office said Monday. (June 11, 2013, Central Penn Business Journal.)
Oklahoma treasurer's unclaimed property division moves to Capitol
People trying to retrieve money and property left in Oklahoma bank accounts or safe deposit boxes, as well as royalty payments or old paychecks, should have an easier time finding where to make their claim: Head to the state Capitol. (June 11, 2013, The Oklahoman.)
California Controller Reaches $763 Million in Life Insurance Settlements
Eleven life insurance companies have signed multistate settlements for up to $763 million in unpaid life insurance benefits, according to California State Controller John Chiang. (June 7, 2013, Wall Street Journal.)
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You Might Be Rich! Learn how to check
NBC's Tiki Barber shows you how you can check if you have unclaimed money.