The West Virginia State Treasurer’s office said in a news release it paid out $1.45 million in claims last month.
Unclaimed property can include abandoned safety deposit boxes, stock dividends left uncashed or a final paycheck left behind. By law, holders of such assets are required to turn them over to the Treasury.
Field representatives with the Treasurer's office conduct outreach by tracking down property owners through in-house records, courthouse files and checking other documents.
If you believe you may have unclaimed property owed to you, you can fill out a claim by contacting the state treasury office. Go to www.wvtreasury.com to file an e-claim or call 1-800-642-8687 for additional information.
In addition to staff generated outreach and e-claims, people and businesses may also submit paper claims and phone claims individually, by find their names online or through a printed newspaper insert.