Louisiana Has Over $600 Million in Lost Money...Some of It Could Be Yours

BATON ROUGE, LA – Louisiana residents have more than $600 million in Unclaimed Property, and New Orleans area residents can see if any of this money belongs to them at an Unclaimed Property Awareness and Refund The Tolls Day on Saturday, March 8, at Oakwood Center in Gretna.

“If anyone is hesitant to go to the mall on Saturday to look for unclaimed money, let me assure you there are no strings attached with the Unclaimed Property Program,” said Treasurer Kennedy. “It only takes a few minutes to look up your name or the name of someone you know, and it’s a free service.”

Employees from the Treasury’s Unclaimed Property Division will be stationed at the JC Penney Wing of Oakwood Center, located at 197 Westbank Expressway in Gretna, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Treasury employees will help citizens file Unclaimed Property claims and will assist GeauxPass customers in redeeming unclaimed Crescent City Connection (CCC) toll refunds.

Individuals attending Saturday’s event are asked to bring a valid photo ID and Social Security Card to speed up the processing of their claims. Checks for all approved claims will be issued and mailed as quickly as possible after the event. No checks will be issued at the event.

The average Unclaimed Property claim is $900 and usually includes old savings and checking accounts, payroll checks, CDs, stocks and dividends, insurance proceeds, oil and gas royalty payments, utility deposits and similar funds. The average CCC toll refund is roughly $40 and may include GeauxPass account balances, tag deposits or tolls paid in 2013.

Treasurer Kennedy encourages Louisiana residents who cannot attend Saturday’s Unclaimed Property Awareness and Refund the Tolls Day to search for missing money online at www.LATreasury.com or by calling the Treasury’s toll-free hotline at 1-888-925-4127 (Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.).

Citizens only wanting to claim CCC refunds should visit RefundTheTolls.com, download the one-page claim form, and mail it to State Treasurer John Kennedy ATTN: Refund The Tolls (please list for faster processing) P.O. Box 44154, Baton Rouge, LA 70804-4154.

Sarah Mulhearn
(225) 342-0012