State Treasury Has $203 Million in Hidden Treasure, Some of It May Be Yours

MONROE Do you have hidden treasure in Louisiana? This weekend, Monroe area shoppers will have the chance to find out. On Saturday, May 18, the Louisiana Department of the Treasury and Pecanland Mall will host an Unclaimed Property Awareness Day from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
One in six people in Louisiana has money in the State Treasury but doesn’t know it, so the odds of finding unclaimed property while shopping this weekend are certainly much better than playing the lottery, said State Treasurer John Kennedy.
Shoppers can instantly find out if they are one of 500,000 unclaimed property owners who are entitled to $203 million. Treasurer Kennedy and department representatives will be stationed at Pecanland Malls Center Court to help anyone who finds unclaimed property to file a claim for the money on the spot.
If you’re planning to visit the mall this weekend, take a moment to stop and check for your name on our computers, said Treasurer Kennedy. We are here to help you find your money, and it doesn’t cost a dime. For the past few years, the Treasury has traveled to shopping malls across the state to give back $1,274,386 in unclaimed money to its rightful owners. This total includes $56,837 in Alexandria, $45,919 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.
Government requires us to pay our taxes promptly and in the correct amount, said Treasurer Kennedy. Shouldn’t government be held to the same standard when it has your money?
Pecanland Mall is located at 4700 Milhaven Road in Monroe. Northeast Louisiana residents who are unable to make it to the mall on Saturday can search for unclaimed property online at Citizens can also call the Unclaimed Property Division toll-free (nationwide) at 1-888-925-4127, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Sarah Mulhearn
(225) 342-0012