BATON ROUGE, LA – The Louisiana Department of the Treasury returned $451,995 in unclaimed money to thousands of New Orleans area residents this weekend at Lakeside Shopping Center, according to State Treasurer John Kennedy.

“So many people have money in the Treasury and don’t even realize it,” said Treasurer Kennedy. “In six-and-a-half hours, we returned more than $450,000. Some people found thousands of dollars.”

The Unclaimed Property program has returned more than $373 million to almost 600,000 Louisiana citizens since 1972. A few times a year, Treasury employees go to shopping malls to increase awareness about the Unclaimed Property program.

“We go to malls several times a year to make it as easy as possible to search our database,” said Treasurer Kennedy. “Even if you missed us, you can still call us or go online. If you have Unclaimed Property, we want to get that money to you.”

Treasurer Kennedy encourages Louisiana residents who could not attend Saturday’s Unclaimed Property Awareness Day to search for missing money online at www.LATreasury.comor call the Treasury’s toll-free hotline at 1-888-925-4127 (Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.).

Michelle Millhollon
(225) 342-0012