Treasurer John Perdue

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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. 

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A little over $16 million in life insurance proceeds have gone to the State Treasurer’s Unclaimed Property Division in the past four years, and West Virginians who've lost family members since 2012 may have money owed to them. 


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While the races for president and for governor seem to be getting all of the attention this election cycle, all five of West Virginia’s Constitutional Offices are also on the ballot. In the race for Treasurer, Democrat John Perdue is the long-time incumbent, holding the position for 20 years. He’s running a race against political newcomer Republican Ann Urling who brings 30 years of community banking to the table. West Virginia Public Broadcasting brings this look at the campaigns for the office.

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A Charleston man has received nearly $170,000 in unclaimed stock dividends owed to his late father.

State Treasurer John Perdue gave a check to Gary Cohen on Tuesday at a ceremony in Charleston.

According to Perdue's office, Cohen's father, Marvyn, amassed shares of Taro Pharmaceuticals, but the company lost track him over the years and transferred the shares to the state treasurer's unclaimed property division.

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The West Virginia treasurer's program to locate owners of unclaimed property will be featured on a weekend national news program.

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A banker will announce a Republican bid for longtime Democratic state Treasurer John Perdue's job.

In a campaign news release Tuesday, Charleston resident Ann Urling said she'll vie for the four-year job and announce her 

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The state treasurer's office returned $9 million in unclaimed property to West Virginians last fiscal year.

Treasurer John Perdue says that's higher than previous years. The Charleston Daily Mail reports that Perdue attributes the increase to a database that tracks down property owners.

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 The West Virginia Supreme Court has ruled that life insurance companies have a responsibility to determine whether a policy holder has died and then turn over their policy as unclaimed property.

The Charleston Gazette reports that the justices made the unanimous ruling on Tuesday, siding with Treasurer John Perdue.

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West Virginia's latest unclaimed property auction features a rare penny that Treasurer John Perdue expects will draw attention from coin collectors.

The 1909-S VDB penny is among a variety of items that will be offered for sale. The penny is ranked 14th in the second edition of "100 Greatest U.S. Coins." Its appraised value is $500.

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  State Treasurer John Perdue is criticizing Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin for banking on $15 million from an unclaimed property account to balance the next budget.

The Charleston Gazette reports Perdue thinks the move would make it difficult to pay claims to unclaimed property owners or survivors within 90 days, as required by law.

The $21.5 million fund includes various liquidated assets, like sold unclaimed stock and mutual funds, and insurance company payments for unclaimed benefits.

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  An online billing program offered by the West Virginia Treasurer's Office is making it easier for local governments to manage their finances.

Treasurer John Perdue says the LGov program helps local governments process their bills. He tells the Charleston Gazette that the program reduces paperwork and gets money into the system faster.

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The Senate Pensions Committee took up House Bill 4375 creating the West Virginia Voluntary Employee Retirement Accounts Program.

The program would be available to businesses with up to 100 employees who do not have a current retirement system.

Employers or employees could voluntarily opt into the program, automatically deducting a retirement contribution from their paycheck each month, but employers would not be required to contribute to those plans.

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A trio of coins is stirring some interest in the West Virginia treasurer's office online auction of unclaimed property.

The U.S. Liberty coin set has attracted five bids in less than 24 hours, which Treasurer John Perdue says is an unusual amount of activity.

The set includes a dollar coin, a $5 gold piece and a half dollar. The bidding was approaching $500 on Thursday for the coins, which were minted in the 1800s.