Unclaimed Property specialists from the Nebraska State Treasurer’s Office will be available at the Nebraska State Fair in Grand Island, Aug. 24-Sept. 3, to help Nebraskans search and file claims for money they didn’t know they were owed.
The Unclaimed Property booth will be located in the Exhibition Building. Visitors will be able to search the State Treasurer’s database, as well as a printed list by county, for their names and the names of their businesses, family members, and friends.
The Nebraska Educational Savings Trust (NEST), another division of the State Treasurer’s Office, will host a booth next to the Unclaimed Property booth. Representatives of First National Bank of Omaha, the program manager of the state-sponsored 529-college savings plan, also will staff the NEST booth. In addition, the Treasurer’s Office will provide information to fair goers about the Long-Term Care Savings Program.
“The Nebraska State Fair provides an ideal opportunity for us to reach out to Nebraskans with the programs and services of the Treasurer’s Office. My staff is knowledgeable, helpful, and courteous when responding to requests for service and information,” State Treasurer Don Stenberg said. “We make every effort to return unclaimed property to its rightful owners and to make all Nebraskans aware of the benefits of our nationally recognized college savings program.”
The 13 largest pieces of property being held by the Treasurer’s Office range from more than $47,000 for a claimant in Douglas County to $154,000 to a claimant in Webster County. Seven of the 13 largest properties in the unclaimed property list are from Douglas County. One is from Platte County, one from Phelps County, one from Lancaster County, and two are listed as unknown. For convenience, a property is generally listed by the owner’s last known county of residence.
The specific amounts and owners’ last known addresses are in the following counties: $154,681, Webster County; $119,873, Douglas County; $100,966, Unknown; $80,206, $76,737, $68,851, $67,669, all Douglas County; $62,366, Phelps County; $56,737, Douglas
County; $54,551, Unknown; $53,271, Platte County; $49,922, Lancaster County; $47,387, Douglas County.
In all, the Treasurer’s Office holds more than $100 million of unclaimed property for more than 350,000 Nebraskans or former Nebraskans. The property is held by the state indefinitely until the rightful owners or heirs are located.
Nebraskans can check at their convenience for unclaimed property at the Treasurer’s Office website, www.treasurer.org, by typing their names in the search box on the home page.