State Treasurer Stenberg Announces Publication
of 2012 Unclaimed
Lincoln, NE (February 27, 2012) – The 2012 Report of Unclaimed Property
will be published in Nebraska newspapers beginning Sunday, March 4, State
Treasurer Don Stenberg said today.
The tabloid, published once a year according to state law, includes the names of
34,321 people, organizations, and businesses who have unclaimed property being
held by the state. These names were submitted to the state between Feb. 1, 2011,
and Jan. 17, 2012.
Property associated with these latest names totals almost $17 million. The
largest single amount included in this list is more than $198,000. The next
largest amounts— $110,000 and $108,000—are in one person’s name.
In all, the Unclaimed Property Division of the State Treasurer’s Office is
holding more than $100 million in unclaimed property for more than 350,000
Nebraska residents, former residents, and heirs. That means roughly one in five
Nebraskans has unclaimed property. Unclaimed property is held by the state until
an owner or heir can be documented; the property is held indefinitely if no
owner or heir can be located.
Treasurer Stenberg said this year’s Report of Unclaimed Property contains the
stories of five Nebraska families who received money, ranging from $50 to
several thousand dollars, from the Unclaimed Property Division in 2011.
“Regardless of the amounts, the recipients said they were happy to get money they
didn’t know they had and they thanked the Treasurer’s Office for its
perseverance and diligence in tracking them down,” Treasurer Stenberg said. “One
of the pleasures of this office is returning money to its rightful owners and
hearing the stories of Nebraskans and former Nebraskans who are genuinely
grateful, surprised, and sometimes overwhelmed.”
In 2011, the Unclaimed Property
Division paid out more than $7.2 million in claims to more than 14,600 claim
holders. The average claim was about $450. The largest claim paid was more than
Unclaimed property consists of cash and other personal assets that
are considered lost or abandoned after an owner cannot be located for a
specified period of time. Among the most common forms are unclaimed property are
dividends, dormant accounts, gift certificates, insurance payments, matured CDs,
lost IRAs, wages, rebates, stock and mutual funds, utility deposits, and
abandoned safe deposit boxes.
The tabloid publication will be published as a
special supplement March 4 in the Omaha World-Herald and the Scottsbluff
Star-Herald. The 36-page supplement will appear in other Nebraska newspapers
according to the following schedule:
- March 17 – Norfolk Daily News, Beatrice Daily Sun, Fremont Tribune, York
- March 18 – Columbus Telegram, Lincoln Journal Star
- March 30 – Holdrege Citizen, McCook Gazette
- March 31 – Alliance Times-Herald, Hastings Tribune, Kearney Hub, Sidney
- April 1 – Grand Island Independent, North Platte Telegraph
Readers are encouraged to look for their own names as well as the names of
relatives, businesses, and friends in the tabloid publication. The names are
listed by last-known county of residence. Readers who find their names or the
names of their businesses or of deceased relatives should use one of the
following methods to file claims:
- Check the Nebraska State Treasurer’s website at www.treasurer.org. Type a name
in the box on the home page, or click on the Search for Unclaimed Property link
in the left navigation pane. For amounts under $300, owners may be able to file
their claims online through the website.
- Call the Unclaimed Property Division at 1-877-572-9688 toll free outside of
Lincoln or 402-471-8497 in Lincoln. Phone calls are taken between 8 a.m. and 5
- Complete the claim form found inside the front cover of the tabloid and mail to
the State Treasurer’s Office, Unclaimed Property Division, 809 Street, Lincoln,
NE 68508-1390. That form will need to be notarized.