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News Release from Comptroller Susan Combs

For Immediate Release
December 3, 2009

Combs Urges Southeast Texans to Reclaim Lost Money

(AUSTIN) — The names of 37,300 Southeast Texans are included on the state’s Unclaimed Property List, which will appear in newspapers in the Greater Houston Region on Sunday, Dec. 13.

The annual newspaper insert has a new look. The old statewide list of thousands of unclaimed property owners has been replaced with six regional lists distributed on four Sundays over several months.

“The redesign helps us provide better customer service by reuniting people with their money faster, since claims will now be spread out over several months, rather than a single peak period,” Texas Comptroller Susan Combs said.

The new approach is the latest innovation in the Comptroller’s Unclaimed Property Division that returned a record $147 million to claimants last year — a 19 percent increase over the year before.

The Greater Houston Region newspaper insert lists people who have had at least $250 in unclaimed property reported to the state within the last year. However, many people whose names are not in the newspaper may also have unclaimed property.

“People with unclaimed property that doesn’t meet the $250 threshold, or property that was reported to the state in previous years, are not included in the newspaper insert,” Combs said. “Everyone should check the unclaimed property database at www.ClaimItTexas.org to see if the state is holding money in your name.”

One in four Texans are believed to have money or other property they could claim from the $2 billion the state is holding in their names. More than 12 million listings from all years can be found online or by calling (800) 654-FIND (3463).

Examples of unclaimed property include dividend, payroll or cashier checks; stocks, bonds and mutual fund accounts; utility deposits and other refunds; insurance proceeds; mineral interest or royalty payments; dormant bank accounts; and abandoned safe deposit box contents.

The Greater Houston Region Unclaimed Property List will appear in the Sunday, Dec.13, editions of Houston, Galveston, Beaumont, Bryan and Victoria newspapers. The list will include names of unclaimed property owners from the following counties: Anderson, Angelina, Austin, Brazoria, Brazos, Chambers, Colorado, Fort Bend, Galveston, Grimes, Hardin, Harris, Houston, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Lavaca, Leon, Liberty, Madison, Matagorda, Montgomery, Nacogdoches, Newton, Orange, Polk, Robertson, Sabine, San Augustine, San Jacinto, Shelby, Trinity, Tyler, Walker, Waller, Washington and Wharton.


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