BATON ROUGE, LA - The Louisiana Department of the Treasury returned more than $324,000 in unclaimed money to thousands of residents this past weekend at Mall St. Vincent in Shreveport.

 There were several large claims including $9,800 for a retired couple who had no idea there was money owed to them. Another gentleman claimed $74,000 from an old bank account, and a Shreveport area woman collected $113,000 from a life insurance policy she did not know existed.

 "It's a great pleasure to give people money that's rightfully theirs," said State Treasurer Ron Henson. "It doesn't take long, it's an easy process, and it's a free service."

 The Treasury holds Unclaimed Property events several times a year to educate the public about the program and return money belonging to Louisiana citizens.

Louisiana residents who weren't able to attend the event this past weekend can search for missing money online 24/7 at www.latreasury.com or call the Treasury's toll-free hotline at 1-888-925-4127 (Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.).