Wisconsin Unclaimed Property

Posted: March 12, 2012 in Uncategorized
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The state of Wisconsin is holding $411 million in unclaimed property, and there's a good chance some of it belongs to you if you are a veteran residing there. David Coss, a veteran from Wisconsin Rapids, became a thousand dollars richer when contacted by the state treasurer's office, telling him he had unclaimed property. The state found Coss, largely thanks to a new partnership with the Department of Veterans Affairs. "That enabled us to locate 4,500 veterans in the state of Wisconsin who had unclaimed property," said Wisconsin State Treasurer Kurt Schuller. Some claims are just pocket change, but others are life-changing "The most amount that I have handled is three quarters of a million dollars, which I hand-delivered to an 80-year-old couple in Wauwatosa," said Schuller.  Anyone can search the unclaimed property database online at http://statetreasury.wi.gov/ . There are more than two million claims out there, making it very possible that money could be waiting for you. have already given out more than $8 million in 2012 alone. There are several requirements for claiming your money which are provided at http://www.statetreasury.wisconsin.gov/docview.asp?docid=14802&locid=155. The state asks for 90 days to review claims. However, if a claim is under $2,000, there's a chance it could be fast-tracked. Ron Giordan, spokesman for the state treasurer's office, said claimants could be given an option to enter a social security number. If that number matches what the treasurer's office has, the claim might be fast-tracked. No paperwork would need to be mailed in, and the money would be sent in 10 business days. You can also contact the Unclaimed Property Unit: P.O. Box 2114, Madison, WI 53701-2114 Phone: (608) 267-7977 / (877) 699-9211 Fax: (608) 261-6799 E-mail: mailto:OSTUnclaimedProperty@wisconsin.gov. [Source: Associated Press article 24 Feb 2012 ++]

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