Indiana Unclaimed press conference – photos and video

Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller and State Representative Phyllis Pond were at Ivy Tech Community College this morning for a press conference.

The topic was Indiana Unclaimed.  Press release:

WANTED: Rightful owners of $17 million dollars
Attorney General Greg Zoeller reminds Northeast Indiana residents millions are waiting to be returned

Benjamins, bucks, green or dollars – whatever name it goes by, residents in Northeast Indiana have a lot of it that’s been forgotten – $17,129,495.84 to be exact. Attorney General Greg Zoeller stopped by Ivy Tech in Fort Wayne today to talk about the state’s unclaimed property program and to deliver a check to a Fort Wayne resident who found and claimed his money.

Zoeller presented a check to Ollis Perry of Fort Wayne. Perry learned he had unclaimed property through his brother and has claimed three properties totaling $358.

“In every county around the state Hoosiers have money they have forgotten about or never knew existed. It is my duty to do inform Hoosiers how to find and claim it and I’m encouraging people to not be shy – search for yourself and your friends and family. This money belongs to someone,” Zoeller said. “The state’s unclaimed property fund has more than $350 million waiting to be claimed by the rightful owners and we want to make sure they get it back.”

Zoeller encouraged all Hoosiers to visit https://www.indianaunclaimed.com/ to search for unclaimed property belonging to themselves, friends, relatives or neighbors. Businesses and charities can also have unclaimed property.

Financial institutions and other holders are required annually to turn over the assets of accounts in which there has been no activity for five or seven years, depending on the type of account. Unclaimed property includes investment earnings, insurance proceeds and benefits, wages, and money from savings and checking accounts. Less than one percent of unclaimed assets are tangible, physical items, such as those found in safe-deposit boxes. It is important to note that unclaimed property does NOT include abandoned vehicles, real estate or other such items.

In 2009, more than 23,000 new properties valued at nearly $2.4 million dollars were reported and originate from the ten county Northeast Indiana region. This money belongs to residents or former residents of the area or their heirs. The state holds these assets for 25 years after they are reported.

Every year, the attorney general is required to advertise the list of unclaimed property turned over to the state during the previous year. The announcements run twice in a two week period in the newspaper closest to the last known address of the property owner.

In total, the state’s unclaimed property database holds more than $350 million in assets. In 2009, the attorney general’s office returned more than 55,000 properties totaling $42.2 million in unclaimed property. Last year, more than $2.3 million was returned to individuals with last known addresses in Northeast Indiana.

The total value and number of properties added to the Unclaimed Property database in 2009 and the sum of all unclaimed property from 2000 – 2009 from counties in the Northeastern region is:

County

2009 Property Totals

Total $ Value added in 2009

Total $ Value Claimable

Adams

700

$38,404

$342,503

Allen

14,785

$1,742,164

$11,786,313

DeKalb

1,085

$61,687

$652,627

Huntington

1,120

$86,244

$813,624

Jay

554

$32,545

$435,580

Noble

1,329

$91,466

$746,581

Steuben

1,052

$83,893

$662,582

Wabash

846

$101,749

$681,032

Wells

668

$50,573

$398,985

Whitley

965

$81,980

$609,665

Grand Total

23,104

$2,370,685

$17,129,495

The attorney general is publishing the listings of assets turned over to the state in the last year from the Northeast Indiana region only.

County

Newspaper

Dates of Publication

Adams

Decatur Daily Democrat

May 5 & May 15

Allen

Fort Wayne Journal Gazette

May 5 & May 16

Allen

Fort Wayne News-Sentinel

May 5 & May 14

DeKalb

Auburn Evening Star

May 5 & May 16

Huntington

Huntington Herald Press

May 5 & May 16

Jay

Portland Commercial Review

May 5 & May 15

Noble

Kendallville News-Sun

May 5 & May 16

Steuben

Angola Herald-Republican

May 5 & May1 6

Wabash

Wabash Plain Dealer

May 5 & May 15

Wells

Bluffton News-Banner

May 5 & May 12

Whitley

Columbia City Post & Mail

May 5 & May 15

Webmaster’s note: Ollis Perry was not present.

 

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