Could the State Owe You Money? Unclaimed Cash Totals 1 Billion Dollars

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

[UPDATE] Tallahassee, Florida- July 27, 2012

Millions of dollars are going back into the pockets of their rightful owners. And you could be one of them.
The money has been counted, and the grand total is finally in...It's time to find out if the state has any of your 'forgotten money'.

The state of Florida has returned a record 211 million dollars in unclaimed cash and property to it's rightful owners. This was during the last budget year but Chief Financial Officer, Jeff Atwater says his 'Bureau of Unclaimed Property' still holds about one billion dollars that has not been claimed!

This total is mostly cash from things like:
Dormant accounts at banks, insurance or utility companies; securities and trust holdings--even contents found inside abandoned safe deposit boxes, like jewelry, coins and collectibles.

How to do you find out if any of that sitting cash is yours?
Call 1-888-258-2253 or visit the bureau's website: http://www.FLTreasureHunt.org .

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida returned a record $211 million in unclaimed cash and property to rightful owners during the last budget year.

State Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater made that announcement Thursday.

But his Bureau of Unclaimed Property still holds $1 billion in property and cash that hasn't yet been claimed.

It's mostly cash from dormant accounts at banks, insurance companies and utilities as well as securities and trust holdings and the contents of abandoned safe deposit boxes.

That's often watches, jewelry, coins, currency, stamps and historical items.

The bureau has returned $1.9 billion since the program began 50 years ago.

Floridians can find out if they have unclaimed property by calling 1-888-258-2253 or visiting the bureau's website: http://www.FLTreasureHunt.org .


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