Treasurer Kennedy Says Department Will Continue Aggressive Drive To Return Money

ALEXANDRIA, LA – The Louisiana Department of the Treasury returned $31,054 to Alexandria area residents at an Unclaimed Property Awareness Day held at the Alexandria Mall on Saturday, August 25, according to State Treasurer John Kennedy.

It was an extraordinary success, said Treasurer Kennedy. We were able to give back thousands of dollars in just a few hours and had claims ranging from as little as $10 to as much as $2,600.

Treasurer Kennedy and department representatives were on-hand to help thousands of citizens look for unclaimed property in the State Treasury’s computerized database. Alexandria area residents instantly found out if they were among 500,000 unclaimed property owners entitled to more than $185 million and were able to file a claim for their money on the spot.

For the past few years, the Treasury has traveled to shopping malls across the state to give back $1,261,232 in unclaimed money to its rightful owners. This total includes $56,837 in Alexandria, $32,765 in Baton Rouge, $284,652 in Lafayette, $31,929 in Lake Charles, $240,022 in Shreveport, $28,845 in Slidell, and $586,182 in New Orleans.

Our Unclaimed Property Awareness Days are a great way for us to return a large amount of money to citizens who never even knew they had it, said Treasurer Kennedy. This year, well be visiting shopping malls in many major cities across the state, so keep an eye out for us to come to your area soon.

Residents in central Louisiana who were unable to make it to the Alexandria Mall this weekend can search for hidden treasure online 24 hours a day, seven days a week at www.treasury.state.la.us. Citizens without Internet access can call the Unclaimed Property Division toll-free at 1-888-925-4127 (Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.). Written inquiries can be sent to the Louisiana Department of the Treasury, Unclaimed Property Division, P.O. Box 91010, Baton Rouge, LA, 70821-9010.

Contact:
Sarah Mulhearn, Communication Director
(225) 342-0012