Treasurer Kennedy Excited About Turnout at First Area Unclaimed Property Event

BATON ROUGE, LA – The Louisiana Department of the Treasury returned $24,500 to Houma residents at an Unclaimed Property Awareness Day held at Southland Mall this past Saturday, according to State Treasurer John Kennedy.

We were excited about the turnout on Saturday, especially because it was the first time we’ve held an unclaimed property event in the Houma area, said Treasurer Kennedy. But the increased awareness about the program wont stop there. We expect to receive hundreds of visits to our unclaimed property Web site over the next few days, and our toll-free hotline will be buzzing with calls, mostly from residents who weren’t able to make it to the mall this weekend.

The Treasury has hosted similar unclaimed property events at shopping malls statewide, returning $1,710,219 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 $854,057 in New Orleans. Another added benefit of unclaimed property events is they can help stimulate the local economy, said Treasurer Kennedy. Several citizens this weekend planned on spending their refunds with local businesses, especially because of the holiday season. The event was a great way we could help support the Houma community.

Houma residents who were unable to make it to the Unclaimed Property Awareness Day can search for their money and file a claim for it online at Citizens can also call the Treasury toll-free at 1-888-925-4127 (Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.).

Sarah Mulhearn
(225) 342-0012