Letter to the Editor

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Editor:

Readers of your newspaper should find extra value in reading your paper today with the State Treasurer’s Office publishing the names of individuals for whom we received new, unclaimed property money in the preceding year.
The State Treasurer’s Office is holding more than $900 million in unclaimed funds for current and former Louisiana residents. We are responsible for getting this money back into the hands of citizens to whom it belongs. Whether it was 10 days ago, or 10 years ago, this is their money and we will hold it for them until they claim it.
Common examples of unclaimed property include unpaid life insurance benefits, forgotten bank accounts, uncashed payroll checks, stock dividends and utility deposit refunds. When checks are not cashed or accounts go dormant, and the company is unable to locate the owner, the funds are sent to the Treasury for safekeeping.
We’ve been working to enhance technology and cut red tape in our Unclaimed Property program to make it easier than ever to claim your money.
The Treasurer’s Office publishes these names in official parish journals across the state each year. Please take a minute to check the public notices in your newspaper to see if you or someone you know is listed. Even if you’ve looked before, we publish a new list every year so check this new list. And even if you don’t see your name on the list, visit our website at www.latreasury.com and search (it’s easy) because we might have money owed to you from a previous year.
You can call us toll-free at 888-925-4127 for more information.

John M. Schroder
Louisiana State Treasurer