OKLAHOMA CITY — Cash and stock worth more than $250,000 was found for 476 people attending the 2012 Tulsa State Fair, State Treasurer Ken Miller announced today. The money was found for fair patrons who visited the treasurer’s “Pot of Gold” booth in the Quik Trip Center.
As administrator of Oklahoma’s unclaimed property program, Miller has more than $350 million for more than 600,000 people.
The $259,349 was found by treasurer’s workers with laptop computers who conducted 3,352 searches at this year’s fair. This was the eighth consecutive year the treasurer’s office has operated the booth at the Tulsa fair.
“The fairs may be done for the year, but Oklahomans can always search for unclaimed property on our website, www.treasurer.ok.gov,” Miller said. “There’s no change for returning lost money to its owners. Our service is absolutely free.”
Last month, Miller and his staff found more than $190,000 for more than 600 visitors to the Oklahoma State Fair in Oklahoma City. Since first setting up the booth at the two major state fairs, more than $5.5 million has been found for more than 12,000 fair goers.
The largest amount found at the Tulsa fair this year was $32,000 in proceeds from the sale of stock for a man in Grove.
Examples of unclaimed property include bank accounts, security deposits, old paychecks, overpayments, royalties, rebates, stock and bonds. The contents of abandoned safe deposit boxes are also included.
The cash and property are turned over to the State Treasurer’s office when the businesses holding them lose track of the owners. Treasurer Miller’s Unclaimed Property Division then publishes the names, operates an online search engine at www.treasurer.ok.gov and conducts other outreach, such as booths at the two state fairs, to find the owners.
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For more information contact:
Tim Allen, Deputy Treasurer for Communications & Program Administration