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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)

Are YOU owed money? State Treasurer's Office serving up unclaimed property at State Fair!
The Office of the State Treasurer is serving up missing money at its Wisconsin State Fair booth this year! It takes five only minutes to search our database.
(July 31, 2014,

Treasurer warns of possible unclaimed property scam
State Treasurer John Perdue's office has issued a warning to residents not to call a telephone number that promises recipients an unclaimed property search.
(July 27, 2014, Logan Banner)

State treasurer warns about misleading postcards
The state treasurer is warning the public about misleading postcards that purport to be from Nebraska's unclaimed property division.
(July 25, 2014, NTV)

Neb. treasurer reminds organizations of deadline
The Nebraska state treasurer is reminding Nebraska businesses and organizations of the Nov. 1 deadline for remitting unclaimed property to the state.
(July 26, 2014, Star Herald)

State treasurer: Watch out for suspicious unclaimed property postcards
Kentucky State Treasurer Todd Hollenbach warned consumers Friday to watch out for suspicious mail regarding unclaimed property.
(July 25, 2014, WTVQ)

State treasurer warns of unclaimed property scam
State Treasurer Ron Estes warns Kansans of suspicious postcards labeled as an "Unclaimed Property Notification."
(July 29, 2014, KSN)

Delaware officials warn of unclaimed property scam
State officials on Monday warned Delawareans to ignore suspicious postcards labeled "Unclaimed Property Notification."
(July 28, 2014, The News Journal)

Beware of fraudulent unclaimed-property postcards
Postcards sent from a Colorado address, promising to return unclaimed property to rightful owners, are not being sent by the Office of the State Treasurer, according to Maine Treasurer Neria Douglass.
(July 31, 2014, Sanford News)

"Nothing compares" at the state fair to State Treasurer Fitzgerald's Great Iowa Treasure Hunt
State Treasurer Michael L. Fitzgerald announced today a stop at the Great Iowa Treasure Hunt booth during the 2014 Iowa State Fair may pay off.
(July 30, 2014, readMedia)

$523,000 in unclaimed cash awaiting Wilkes residents
The N.C. Department of the State Treasurer is holding over $523,000 in unclaimed cash and property that belongs to current or former residents and companies of Wilkes County.
(July 30, 2014, Wilkes Journal-Patriot)

$18.1 million already returned to Arkansans in Great AR Treasure Hunt
Auditor of State Charlie Daniels returned $18.1 million to Arkansans with unclaimed property in fiscal year 2014, an increase of 60% over the total claims paid in 2013.
(July 28, 2014, KARK)

Indiana AG looks for owners of nearly $150 million
Residents in Central Indiana have millions of dollars that's been forgotten - $148,849,355 to be exact.
(July 28, 2014, Inside Indiana Business)

Ottawa sitting on $730 million stockpile of uncashed taxes, other benefits
Ottawa is sitting on a stockpile of more than $730 million in uncashed tax refunds and other government cheques, according to Public Works Canada.
(July 24, 2014, The Canadian Press)

State could help owners find lost savings bonds
The State Treasurer's Office would be able to search for the owners of long-matured U.S. savings bonds under a measure that has cleared the Senate and gotten a nod from the House Finance Committee.
(July 24, 2014, NCCapitol)

Brandon man receives $213K unclaimed property check
The state treasurer's office wrote a check for $213,000 to a Brandon man this week after discovering he was entitled to the unclaimed funds.
(July 23, 2014, The Clarion-Ledger)

75 people with unclaimed property in Southern Idaho
Many Idahoans' names, for one reason or another, end up on the state's unclaimed property list.
(July 22, 2014, Times-News)

Missourians should be wary of unclaimed property websites
State Treasurer Clint Zweifel (ZWY-ful) is warning Missourians to be cautious of third party websites offering to help them find Unclaimed Property.
(July 21, 2014, South County Mail)

Help return a World War II photo album to its rightful owner
Tucked among the odds and ends in the Alabama Treasury Department's unclaimed property vault is a piece of World War II history looking for a home.
(July 23, 2014, The Huntsville Times)

Online auction of unclaimed property begins Wednesday
Today, the Montana Department of Revenue begins its auction of unclaimed safe deposit box contents. Items to be auctioned over the next several months include rare coins, jewelry, trinkets and other collectibles that banks and credit unions have held for more than five years and have turned over to the state.
(July 23, 2014, Beartooth NBC)

One billion remains unclaimed
If you're a little short on cash these days - you'll want to pay close attention to this next story.
(July 9, 2014, CHCH)

California hunts for veterans with unclaimed cash, mementos
Call it a bit of monetary patriotism for California's military veterans.
(July 6, 2014, The Sacramento Bee)

Rocky Miller's unclaimed property bill signed into law
First-term State Rep. Rocky Miller (R-124) continues to have an impact on the state as another of his bills -- this one relating to unclaimed property -- has been signed by Gov. Jay Nixon.
(July 9, 2014, Lake News Online)

Nevada unclaimed property office receives record number of claims
State Treasurer Kate Marshall today announced that her office received more than 11,131 individual claims in June, far surpassing the previous high mark for the month of June by more than 4,600 claims after posting its annual Unclaimed Property listing in newspapers across the State during that month.
(July 9, 2014, The Record-Courier)

Illinois Treasurer unclaimed property auction going on now
Illinois State Treasurer Dan Rutherford's Unclaimed Property Auction is happening now until July 11.
(July 8, 2014, WREX)

Goss: State doesn't 'seize' dormant bank accounts
Recently, I received a call from a man who was upset about something he read online.
(July 9, 2014, The Telegraph)

Iowa gift cards forever honored
Many towns will push you to shop as local as you can. That includes buying friends and family gift cards in hopes that they spend money at those mom and pop shops.
(July 8, 2014, KIMT)

State Treasury returning $59,318 to 35 cities and towns
The Treasury's unclaimed property division will return $59,318 to 35 cities and towns, General Treasurer Gina M. Raimondo announced Tuesday.
(July 8, 2014, Providence Journal)

WV Treasurer's Office reaches $5 million in e-claims program
A state program to allow people to file electronic claims for their unclaimed property has paid a little more than $5 million to rightful owners since it started.
(July 3, 2014, The State Journal)

Kevin Hunt: State holding unclaimed $599 million: Look up your share here
State residents, past or present, have left behind nearly enough unclaimed property to pay for a new XL Center, the proposed downtown minor-league baseball stadium and the $55 refund once promised for every current taxpayer in Connecticut.
(June 28, 2014, The Courant)

State treasurer finds owners of $40 million in unclaimed property
Missouri State Treasurer Clint Zweifel has announced that his office has returned more than $40 million in Unclaimed Property to more than 170,000 accounts in Fiscal Year 2014, which ended Monday. That's a 25 percent increase in accounts returned over Fiscal Year 2013.
(July 3, 2014, KSPR)

75 Magic Valley residents with unclaimed property
Many Idahoans' names, for one reason or another, end up on the state's unclaimed property list.
(July 1, 2014, Times-News)

Firm charges fee for refund data you can get free
A letter received by Judy Damico from something called the U.S. Claims Services said that "private investigators" had located $398 that the insurance giant WellPoint had unsuccessfully tried to refund to her.
(June 30, 2014, Los Angeles Times)

State announces unclaimed property notices sent
State Treasurer Neria Douglass is sending direct notice to over 3,000 Mainers with newly reported unclaimed property valued at $200 or more.
(June 26, 2014, Penobscot Bay Press)

Annual list of unclaimed property in Nevada due out Tuesday
The Nevada state treasurer will be publishing its yearly unclaimed property list in several of Nevada's newspapers at the end of the month.
(June 23, 2014, Las Vegas Review-Journal)

State announces unclaimed property notices sent
State Treasurer Neria Douglass is sending direct notice to over 3,000 Mainers with newly reported unclaimed property valued at $200 or more.
(June 26, 2014, Penobscot Bay Press)

Is Revenue Quebec keeping $300M of your cash?
Nearly a third of $1 billion belonging to Quebecers is sitting unclaimed at the provincial tax agency.
(June 25, 2014, CBC News)

Unclaimed items to be auctioned by Illinois treasurer
Nearly 9,000 pieces of unclaimed property, including vintage coins, jewelry, and presidential campaign buttons will be auctioned, according to Illinois' treasurer's office.
(June 24, 2014, WAND)

Your check could be in the mail
You may want to check your mailbox often over the next several days as PA Treasury prepares to return $21.8 million in unclaimed property to Lehigh county residents, businesses and organizations.
(June 20, 2014, Lehigh Valley News)

Treasurer Stenberg announces 2014 unclaimed property outreach schedule
The Unclaimed Property Division of the Nebraska State Treasurer's Office will kick off its 2014 outreach schedule on July 4 at the Fourth of July celebration in Seward, Treasurer Don Stenberg said today.
(June 24, 2014, Nebraska City News)

Department of Revenue reminds businesses unclaimed property reporting period ends June 30, due diligence begins June 1
Deadlines are quickly approaching for many businesses throughout the state and Jim McKeon, Unclaimed Property Program Manager with the Montana Department of Revenue wants to remind all businesses that the current reporting period for unclaimed property ends at the end of the month.
(June 17, 2014, KGVO)

Treasurer's office returns sentimental unclaimed property
Dave Casebolt thought he'd never again see the coins and jewelry he and his ex-wife put in a safety deposit box many years ago.
(June 18, 2014, Daily Mail)

Smart Money Team helping Rhode Islanders locate unclaimed property
When Cheryl Ursillo went to the Cranston Post Office to drop off her registered mail on Friday, she had no idea she was going to leave $100 richer.
(June 18, 2014, Warwick Beacon)

Alaskans, your unclaimed funds could be waiting
Millions of dollars are waiting to be claimed in the Alaska State treasury. Sounds too good to be true, right? But this is no fairy tale; it really does exist.
(June 16, 2014, 1Daily News-Miner)

State treasurer brings Treasure Finders to Letcher County
Kentucky Treasurer Todd Hollenbach is teaming up with county and city leaders across the state to return hundreds of thousands of dollars of unclaimed property.
(June 12, 2014, WYMT)

Indiana Partners with
In an effort to reunite Hoosiers with their unclaimed property, the Indiana Attorney General's Office is partnering with Xerox's, the comprehensive database of governmental unclaimed property records endorsed by the National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators (NAUPA).
(June 6, 2014, The Wall Street Journal)

State selling unclaimed property with online auction
Wisconsin is about to sell unclaimed property, and it's the first time they will use an online auction to sell the items.
(June 7, 2014, WTAQ)

Want free money? Check your paper: State treasurer's office to publish unclaimed property list
State Treasurer Clint Zweifel June 11 announced Missourians will begin to see notifications listing the names of individuals, businesses and local governments that have Unclaimed Property in newspapers across the state on June 17.
(June 12, 2014, Neighbor News

75 Magic Valley residents with unclaimed property
Many Idahoan's names, for one reason or another, end up on the state's unclaimed property list.
(June 3, 2014, Times-News)

Transamerica and MetLife settle with Minnesota over 'lost' benefits
Two insurers are jointly paying the state of Minnesota $4 million to settle claims that they weren't doing enough to find and pay proceeds to the beneficiaries of unclaimed life insurance policies and other insurance products.
(May 29, 2014, Businessweek)

Safety deposit box auctions
Jim McKeon, the unclaimed property program manager with the State of Montana, talks about a new online auction that his department will begin at the end of June in an attempt to reach more bidders and fetch better prices.
(June 2, 2014, Independent Record)

Treasurer Fitzgerald adds more names to the Great Iowa Treasure Hunt
State Treasurer Michael L. Fitzgerald announced he has more money to return to Iowans.
(May 30, 2014, The Vinton Eagle)

NAUPA gives Atkinson its lifetime achievement award
A State Treasurer's Office deputy has been given a Lifetime Achievement Award by the National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators, the second such milestone reached by a West Virginian.
(May 23, 2014, The State Journal)

State treasurer warns of possible scams
South Dakota State Treasurer Rich Sattgast is warning the public to check with his office before replying to anyone claiming they can assist in returning unclaimed property. While there are legitimate companies known as asset locators or finders who provide this service for a fee, others are scams.
(May 27, 2014,

95,000 veterans have unclaimed property; CalVet wants to help
Missing a Bronze Star or a Purple Heart? The State Controller's Office might have it. Controller John Chiang's office says it has 95,000 pieces of unclaimed property from people who served this country going back as far as World War One.
(May 23, 2014,

Treasure hunt online with the State of Florida
You do not need a metal detector or shovel. From the comfort of your air conditioning and an Internet connection you can dig up treasure from unclaimed property held by the State of Florida.
(May 29, 2014,

People finding unclaimed property & money
If you need a little boost in your bank account, we have something you should look into before you take out a loan or tackle a part-time job. (May 1, 2014, KELO)

Cash-A-Thon Nets $201,319 for WECT viewers
Our first-ever WECT Cash-A-Thon helped our viewers get hundreds of thousands of dollars in unclaimed cash back in their pockets.
(May 1, 2014, WECT)

Quick money that isn't a scam
It's the stuff of daydreams: What if, long ago, you'd left behind a few bucks in a forgotten bank account, and it's accumulated interest and is waiting for you to reclaim it?
(April 27, 2014, Kentucky Enquirer)

VA Treasury holding 2014 tangible property auction
The Virginia Department of the Treasury is pleased to announce the 2014 Tangible Property Auction is currently underway.
(April 24, 2014, The Southside Messenger)

Dormant bank accounts, reclaiming your cash
Jimmy Stroud has been tending to this same yard for 37 years. He's been at the same bank even longer. Along with his checking account, Jimmy opened a money market savings account several years ago.
(April 23, 2014, WSAV)

Treasurer Fitzgerald adds more names to the Great Iowa Treasure Hunt
State Treasurer Michael L. Fitzgerald announced he has more money to return to Iowans. The spring publication of the Great Iowa Treasure Hunt is scheduled to begin soon and includes thousands of names that have been received in the last year.
(April 24, 2014, readMedia)

MONDAY ON ABC40 - 40 Force: Unclaimed Cash
The Commonwealth is holding onto billions of dollars in money and property that might belong to you.
(May 1, 2014, WGGB)

State's unclaimed treasures make pit stop in New Bedford
If you need a little boost in your bank account, we have something you should look into before you take out a loan or tackle a part-time job.
(May 1, 2014, The Standard-Times)

Millions of dollars worth of unclaimed property up for grabs
The unclaimed property auction has a variety of old and new age items, including vintage baseball cards, historic dollar bills, pocket watches, and jewelry.
(April 22, 2014, WWBT)

Ky. state treasurer returns more than $100 million in unclaimed property
Kentucky Treasurer Todd Hollenbach has returned more than $100 million in unclaimed property to its rightful owners in his six years in office. (April 12, 2014, Lexington Herald Leader.)

State treasurer shows off unclaimed property
The state treasurer gave a look at some of Missouri's unclaimed treasure Clint Zweifel Wednesday showcased some of the most personal items he safeguards in Unclaimed Property to the media.
(April 9, 2014, KSPR)

Get cash from your unclaimed property
Right now, $1 billion of unclaimed property waits for more than 3 million Washington residents. Unclaimed property includes forgotten paychecks, deposits, refunds, bank accounts and investments.
(April 9, 2014,

75 people with unclaimed property in Southern Idaho
Many Idahoan's names, for one reason or another, end up on the state's unclaimed property list.
(April 8, 2014, Times-News)

Alabama holding unclaimed property worth $500M
More than half a billion dollars is up for grabs says the Alabama State Treasury, which is in charge of unclaimed property.
(April 3, 2014, WSFA)

Treasurer: Refunds online for 3,900 LSU alums, former students defrauded by campus McDonald's
State Treasurer John Kennedy says 3,900 former Louisiana State University students can get refunds online for money lost to employee fraud at a McDonald's on campus.
(April 9, 2014, Daily Reporter)

PA Treasurer McCord: This trout season, don't forget to also go fishing for unclaimed funds
State Treasurer Rob McCord today highlighted some fishing-themed names in Treasury's free online database to encourage residents to find out if any of the $2.2 billion in unclaimed property Treasury holds belongs to them.
(March 31, 2014, Your Erie)

75 people with unclaimed property in Southern Idaho
Many Idahoan's names, for one reason or another, end up on the state's unclaimed property list.
(April 2, 2014, Times-News)

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