Visitors to the 2014 Nebraska State Fair in Grand Island are invited to stop by the Nebraska State Treasurer’s booth in the Exhibition Building to search for unclaimed property and to ask for help in filing claims, State Treasurer Don Stenberg said today.
Unclaimed Property Division specialists will staff the Treasurer’s Office booth from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. throughout the fair, except for Labor Day when the hours will be 9 a.m. until 7 p.m.
“Our Unclaimed Property staff was very busy at last year’s State Fair, and we are looking forward to an even busier year in 2014,” Treasurer Stenberg said. “The State Fair is one of most important and productive outreach events of the year and is an opportunity for us to reach thousands of Nebraskans who aren’t sure how to search our database on their own or who may not know about our service.”
More than $52,000 in unclaimed property was returned to Nebraskans at last year’s State Fair, including $15,761 paid to a McCook resident. Other larger claims included $960 to an Ashland woman and $900 for a Fremont man. A total of 133 claims were filed during the 10-day fair.
So far this year, the Unclaimed Property Division has returned more than $7.4 million to Nebraskans, former Nebraskans, or heirs. That represents 13,504 claims filed. In all, the State Treasurer’s Office is holding more than $125 million for 350,000 owners.
Stenberg said the successful efforts at the 2013 fair indicate that more Nebraskans are becoming familiar with the Unclaimed Property service provided by the state. “We are pleased that our concerted efforts to make our Unclaimed Property program better known and to assure Nebraskans that our service is legitimate and user friendly are paying off,” he said. “But we still have significant properties that we would like very much to return to owners or heirs so that the money can be put to good use as originally intended.”
At least a dozen properties in the database are in amounts exceeding $50,000, Stenberg said. The largest property in the database is $154,681 from the Webster County Court. The second largest property is $120,247 in a matured policy, endowment and annuity for a man in Douglas County. The last known counties of residence for owners of other large properties include the following:
Nebraskans can easily search unclaimed property records any time at the State Treasurer’s website, www.treasurer.org, or by calling the Unclaimed Property Division at 402-471-8497 or 877-572-9688 toll free.