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April 24, 2012

Freestone County Residents Can Claim Forgotten Funds

(FAIRFIELD) — Freestone County residents who think — or hope — they might have some money waiting in the state’s Unclaimed Property database can search the list at an event hosted by the Texas Comptroller’s office and Freestone County Treasurer Kay Taylor James.

The Comptroller’s office reports that Freestone County residents currently have about 10,000 unclaimed properties, worth more than $1 million in total.

“The current balance in the state’s Unclaimed Property fund is approximately $2.5 billion,” said Texas Comptroller Susan Combs. “That money belongs to Texans, and it is important that we get it back into the right hands. Events like this enable us to educate people about forgotten funds, and encourage them to check the Unclaimed Property list often.”

Staff from the Comptroller’s and County Treasurer’s offices will help people search for unclaimed property online, fill out claim forms and answer questions about the Unclaimed Property program. The event will be from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 1, in the Freestone County Commissioners Courtroom, located at 118 E. Commerce St., Room 203, in Fairfield.

The Comptroller estimates that one in four Texans has money waiting to be claimed. Unclaimed property includes utility deposits or other refunds, insurance proceeds, mineral interest or royalty payments, dormant bank accounts and abandoned safe deposit box contents. To search for unclaimed property, visit the Comptroller’s Unclaimed Property website at www.ClaimItTexas.org or call 1-800-654-FIND (3463).

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