Local residents have treasures the state wants to help dig up

2012-10-18T17:04:00Z Local residents have treasures the state wants to help dig up Muscatine Journal
October 18, 2012 5:04 pm

DES MOINES, Iowa — State Treasurer Michael L. Fitzgerald is bringing the Great Iowa Treasure Hunt to Muscatine County in hopes of returning lost money to its rightful owner.

Fitzgerald said the state is holding nearly $1.8 million of Muscatine Count residents’ property in the Great Iowa Treasure Hunt. So far, he added, the state’s returned more than $1,634,553 for people in Muscatine County.

According to Fitzgerald, the fall publication signifies the names of people that have had funds turned over to the Great Iowa Treasure Hunt over the last year.  

Statewide, more than 374,000 people have had unclaimed property returned to them through the Great Iowa Treasure Hunt program since 1983.

Unclaimed property refers to money and other assets held by financial institutions or companies that have lost contact with the property’s owner for a specific period of time.

State law requires institutions and companies to report annually and deliver unclaimed property to the State Treasurer’s Office, where it is held until the owner or heir of the property is found.

Common forms of unclaimed property include savings or checking accounts, stocks, uncashed checks, life insurance policies, utility security deposits, and safe deposit box contents.

To see the list:

Go to greatiowatreasurehunt.com.

Email to foundit@iowa.gov

Write to State Treasurer Michael L. Fitzgerald, Great Iowa Treasure Hunt, Lucas State Office Building, Des Moines, IA 50319.

Make sure to provide current name, previous names (if any) and addresses.

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