BATON ROUGE, LA (WVUE) - The Louisiana Treasury has more than $700 million in unclaimed property. The funds include money from various sources including old savings and checking accounts, payroll checks, CDs, stocks and dividends.
In an effort to make the public aware of whether they're possibly owed money, the state is hosting an Unclaimed Property Awareness Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 16 at Lakeside Mall in Metairie.
"Stop by the mall, and we'll plug your name into our computer database," said State Treasurer John Kennedy. "If you find something, we'll help you fill out the paperwork to claim it. The average claim is $900 so it's worth your while to come see us. We always find a lot of money at these events."
Citizens need to bring a valid photo ID and Social Security Card to speed up the processing of claims. If you are owed any money, checks will be sent in the mail.
The treasurer's office says since 1972, the Unclaimed Property Program has returned more than $407 million to more than 620,000 Louisiana citizens.
If you can't make Saturday's event, you can search for missing money online at www.latreasury.com or by calling the toll-free hotline 1-888-925-4127.