Millions of dollars waiting for Tippecanoe Co. residents

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LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Lafayette area residents have millions of dollars that has been forgotten. According to Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller, $8,752,878 in Tippecanoe County to be exact.

“For only the second time ever, more than $100 million dollars has been turned over to the state which means even more people have missing or forgotten money to claim,” Zoeller told News 18 in a release. “Now with over $400 million to be claimed and nearly nine million in the Lafayette area alone, it is my goal to try to make sure this money finds its way back to the rightful owner.”

Zoeller said unclaimed property includes investment earnings, insurance proceeds and benefits, wages, and money from savings and checking accounts. In total, the state’s unclaimed property database holds more than $400 million in assets.

In 2013, more than 15,000 new properties valued at nearly $2 million were reported from the Lafayette area. Zoeller’s Office returned a record 97,000 properties totaling more than $60.7 million in unclaimed property in 2013, with nearly $1.2 million returned to individuals in the Lafayette area.

The following list is a total value and number of properties added to the Unclaimed Property database in 2013 and the sum of all unclaimed property from 2000 – 2013 from counties in the Lafayette area:

  • Benton: 584 / $94,331 / $296,275
  • Tippecanoe: 14,620 / $1,727,489 / $8,335,666
  • Warren: 279 / $34,401 / $120,937
  • Total: 15,483 / $1,856,221 / $8,752,878

To see if you or anyone you know have unclaimed property, visit here.

If you need further information, you can call the Unclaimed Property Division at 866-IN-CLAIM (or 866-462-5246).

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