An Ohio agency want to reunite local residents with their forgotten money.
Ohio Department of Commerce Director Andre T. Porter urges Huron County residents to join in the 2013 Unclaimed Funds Treasure Hunt by checking today's Norwalk Reflector.
By checking the newspaper advertisement, readers can find out if they are entitled to unclaimed funds turned over to the Ohio Division of Unclaimed Funds in the past year.
Unclaimed funds are money or the rights to money that have been dormant or forgotten. Some common examples include: dormant checking and savings accounts, forgotten rent and utility deposits, uncashed checks, undelivered stock certificates, and uncashed insurance policies.
"There could be money sitting here with your name on it. Check the Huron County list to see if you, your family or your friends have unclaimed funds," said Director Porter. "This money can help Ohioans buy a tank of gas, pay off some bills, make a needed home repair or take a vacation."
In Fiscal Year 2013, the division paid 53,580 claims worth aabout $69.2 million. The average claim was for $1,292.
The Huron County advertisement includes 884 unclaimed funds accounts worth $529,561.40. The advertised accounts, each valued at $50 or more, were turned over to the division within the past year for individuals whose last known address was in Huron County. The advertised names appear in alphabetical order by the owner's last known city and then in alphabetical order by the owner's last name.
There are 18,338 Huron County accounts worth a total of $2,128,647.57.