Treasury Has Over $218 Million in Hidden Treasure, Some of It May Be Yours

BATON ROUGE, LA – The Louisiana Department of the Treasury returned $17,317 to New Orleans residents at an Unclaimed Property Awareness Day held at the St. Claude Community Center on Saturday, June 21, according to State Treasurer John Kennedy.

We were excited by the amount of money we were able to return to the area, said Treasurer Kennedy. But the increased awareness about the Unclaimed Property Program wont stop there. We hope to see greater traffic to our website over the next few days and more calls to our toll-free hotline.

In addition to money returned in New Orleans, the Treasury has held Unclaimed Property Awareness Days statewide, giving back $1,812,336 to rightful owners. This total includes $56,837 in Alexandria, $45,919 in Baton Rouge, $24,500 in Houma, $325,952 in Lafayette, $31,929 in Lake Charles, $54,558 in Monroe, $287,622 in Shreveport, $28,845 in Slidell, and $956,174 in New Orleans.

People often ask me why we travel across the state and work so hard to return this money, said Treasurer Kennedy. The answer is simple. Government requires us to pay our taxes on time and in the correct amount. Shouldn’t government be held to the same standard when it has your money?

Citizens who were unable to make it to Saturdays Unclaimed Property Awareness Day can search for their money and file a claim for it online at www.latreasury.com. Those 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.).

Contact:
Sarah Mulhearn
(225) 342-0012