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Rokita: Celebrate Fourth with property claims

By: - June 30, 2022 3:00 pm

Attorney General Todd Rokita urges Hoosiers to find unclaimed property (Source: AG’s website)

Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita is encouraging Hoosiers to mark the Fourth of July by visiting his office’s unclaimed property website, indianaunclaimed.gov, “to discover any unclaimed money that could light up their holiday weekend,” a news release Thursday.

“Amidst fireworks and cookouts, it’s a great time for Hoosiers to recover what is rightfully theirs,” Rokita said in the release.

Unclaimed property is any financial asset held by a financial institution or company that hasn’t recorded any activity or contact with the owner over an extended period of time, usually a year or more. It can be wages, bank accounts, stock dividends, insurance proceeds, safe deposit box contents and more, but not abandoned vehicles, real estate, furniture or stolen property, according to Rokita’s office.

Indiana is the only state in which the attorney general handles unclaimed property, according to the release.

After an organization holding the property hands it over to Indiana, the state has 25 years to hold it and find the owner. Afterward, the state can take ownership of the assets.

Rokita’s office returned more than $48 million in property to Hoosiers in 2021, and has returned more than $26 million worth so far this year. But there’s upwards of $700 million left for Hoosiers to claim, according to the release.

The office is also selling safe deposit box contents on eBay, though owners or heirs can also claim the proceeds.

Hoosiers can file claims online, text CLAIM to 46220 or contact the Unclaimed Property Division at 1-866-462-5246 or [email protected].

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Leslie Bonilla Muñiz
Leslie Bonilla Muñiz

Leslie covers state government for the Indiana Capital Chronicle with emphases on elections, infrastructure and transportation. She previously covered city-county government for the Indianapolis Business Journal. She has also reported on local, national and international news for the Chicago Tribune, Voice of America and more. She holds an undergraduate degree in journalism from Northwestern University.

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