BATON ROUGE, LA – The Louisiana Department of the Treasury returned $84,400 in unclaimed money to hundreds of Lafayette area residents at an Unclaimed Property Awareness Day this weekend at Acadiana Mall, according to State Treasurer John Kennedy.
“We were able to return thousands of dollars to people in just five hours. This is why we hold Unclaimed Property Awareness Days at shopping malls. We really want to give this money back to people,” said Treasurer Kennedy.
The Treasury visits shopping malls across the state several times a year to increase awareness about the Unclaimed Property Program. Treasury employees are on hand to directly check whether residents have missing money. The average Unclaimed Property claim is usually around $900, but several claims this weekend at the Acadiana Mall in Lafayette exceeded $1,000.
“We still have $635 million that belongs to citizens statewide. Even if you were not able to attend the unclaimed property event this past weekend, you can search for money online. It only takes a few minutes, and there are no strings,” said Treasurer Kennedy.
Since 1972, the Unclaimed Property Program has returned more than $338 million to almost 570,000 Louisiana citizens. The money includes payroll checks, old bank accounts, royalties, utility deposits, interest payments, stock certificates and life insurance proceeds. Search online at www.LATreasury.comor call 1-888-925-4127.

Michelle Millhollon
(225) 342-0012