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Treasurer Lynn Fitch Invites Mississippians to Find Their Unclaimed Property at the State Fair

Jackson, MS.  For the sixth year in a row, Treasurer Lynn Fitch will be hosting a booth at the Mississippi State Fair to assist citizens in finding and reclaiming their unclaimed property.

We have had such great success with our booth at the State Fair over the past five years,” said Treasurer Fitch.  “We have helped Fair-goers initiate more than 7,300 claims and collect over $11.2 million of their money over these past five years, and we are very excited to reunite more Mississippians with their money this year.”

Staff from the Office of the State Treasurer will be available in the Trademart building starting at 5 pm on opening day, October 3rd.  The booth will be open from 11 am to 5 pm, with some evening hours as well, each day until the Fair ends on October 14th.

Unclaimed property often comes from uncashed checks, forgotten refunds on utility deposits, or unknown insurance payments.  Through the Treasurer’s Office, the State acts as custodian for the funds until they can be reunited with their rightful owners.  Since Treasurer Fitch took office in January 2012, she has helped Mississippians collect nearly $90 million in unclaimed property, which is 56% of all the funds distributed through the program since it began in 1982.

At the Fair, the Treasurer’s staff will be available to help people search the State’s unclaimed property list and begin the claims process.  The following materials will help to expedite claims:

·         Photo ID (driver’s license, passport, military ID card, etc.)

·         Your Social Security Card

·         Proof of address (utility bill, etc.)

·         Proof of name change (marriage license, divorce decree, etc.)

·         If the owner is deceased, bring the death certificate, will, obituary, or affidavit of death

Individuals can always check the State’s full listing at www.treasurerlynnfitch.com to see if the State has any money in their name, as well.  It is constantly being updated.