Could you be owed some money?
The state Treasurer will make a special effort during the Nebraska State Fair to reconnect some residents with unclaimed property.
State Treasurer Don Stenberg says the state holds $125 million in unclaimed property belonging to 350,000 Nebraskans or former state residents.
“And that property can include a lot of different things; watches, gold coins, baseball cards, and many other types of property that we get in unclaimed safe deposit boxes,” Stenberg tells Nebraska Radio Network.
The Treasurer’s office has a booth in the Exhibition Building at the fair. Specialists from the Unclaimed Property Division will man the booth from 9am until 9pm throughout the fair, except for Labor Day when hours will be cut to 9am until 7pm.
Last year, a trip to the booth was profitable for many of the 133 people who filed claims. The Treasurer’s office returned $52,000 in unclaimed property to its rightful owner. One McCook resident received $15,761 in unclaimed property. An Ashland woman received $960 in unclaimed property; a Fremont man $900.
Stenberg says many are excited when they discover they have unclaimed property coming to them.
“Most folks had no idea they had unclaimed property, which explains why it’s unclaimed,” Stenberg says. “Pleasant surprise. We’ve gotten a lot of nice thank you notes from folks.”
So far this year, nearly $7.5 million has been returned to more than 13,000 people.
Returns typically don’t run high, but around $25, $40, $50, or $100.
Some, though, can be substantial.
The Treasurer’s office reports at least a dozen parcels of unclaimed property exceed $50,000.
The Webster County Court forwarded the largest property holding to the Treasurer’s office at $154,681. The second largest property is $120,247 in a matured policy, endowment and annuity for a man in Douglas County, according to the office.
The Treasurer’s office reports the last known counties of residence for owners of other large properties include the following:
Douglas County, $87,897, dividends and shares of stock
Adams County, $84,838, dividends and shares of stock
Douglas County, $80,871, checking accounts
Lancaster County, $73,212, cashier checks and garnishment
Sarpy County, $72,522, liquidated funds and stock redemption
Gage County, $62,839, savings accounts
Frontier County, $53,991, death benefits
To search the unclaimed property database, go to the state Treasurer’s website: treasurer.org. You can also call the Unclaimed Property Division at 402-471-8497 or 877-572-9688 toll free.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:45]