Treasurer Kennedy Says Department Will Continue Aggressive Drive To Return Money

BATON ROUGE, LA The Louisiana Department of the Treasury returned $54,558 to Monroe area residents at an Unclaimed Property Awareness Day held at Pecanland Mall on Saturday, May 18, according to State Treasurer John Kennedy.

We host each event at a shopping mall because it is a great way for us to reach a large crowd of people and return a sizable amount of money to citizens who never even knew they had it, said Treasurer Kennedy. An Unclaimed Property Awareness Day is also a way we can help stimulate the local economy. Many citizens that find money at the mall go into various stores to spend it. I’m sure we generated thousands of dollars for the Monroe economy on Saturday alone.

In addition to returning $54,558 in the Monroe area, the Treasury has traveled to shopping malls across the state to give back $1,508,790 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 $779,182 in New Orleans.

In addition to the one-day totals we return at each mall, we give back at least that amount of money in the days immediately after the event through our toll-free number and Web site, said Treasurer Kennedy. Many Monroe citizens who didn’t attend the Unclaimed Property Awareness Day on Saturday will be calling our office and going online to look for lost money.

Northeast Louisiana residents unable to make it to Pecanland Mall this weekend can search for unclaimed property and file a claim for their money online at Citizens can also call toll-free 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.

Sarah Mulhearn
(225) 342-0012