Hundreds of thousands of Nebraskans and former residents are wealthier than they know.
State Treasurer Don Stenberg says his office has millions of dollars in unclaimed property just waiting for its rightful owners.
“By law, we’re required to publish in all of the statewide newspapers the list of the names of persons that we’ve received unclaimed property for in the last year,” Stenberg says. “That’s a surprisingly large number. We’ve received unclaimed property for more than 40,000 Nebraskans last year.”
The value of the unclaimed property just from 2014 reached $17-million.
The Omaha World-Herald and Scottsbluff Star-Herald have already published the list of names and Stenberg says more than 1,300 people made claims, so far.
Overall, more than 350,000 current and former Nebraskans have nearly $135-million in property they may not know about and Stenberg says it comes from a wide variety of sources.
“It could be a utility deposit or a rent deposit that was forgotten about, it could be a bank account that was forgotten about, it could be a safe deposit box, life insurance payment that was due and they couldn’t find the beneficiary,” Stenberg says. “There’s a whole variety of possibilities, bank accounts, stocks, dividends and so forth.”
The list is available at Treasurer.Nebraska.gov and will be published in many of the state’s newspapers through early April.
By Paul Hughes, WJAG, Norfolk