More than $7 million owed to Hancock County residents is waiting to be claimed, a state agency is reporting.
The Ohio Department of Commerce will publish its annual list of the newest unclaimed funds in The Courier on Tuesday.
The list will include 973 unclaimed fund accounts worth a total of $908,084. These accounts, each valued at $50 or more, were turned over to the state Division of Unclaimed Funds within the past year and are owed to individuals whose last known address was in Hancock County.
Each year, the Department of Commerce releases a list of unclaimed funds — money that has been dormant or forgotten — that have been handed to the state during the previous year.
These unclaimed funds come from a variety of sources, such as dormant checking and savings accounts, forgotten rent and utility deposits, uncashed checks, undelivered stock certificates, uncashed insurance policies and forgotten layaway deposits.
The insert in Tuesday’s newspaper will alphabetically list the names of individuals owed money whose last known address was in Hancock County.
The total number of Hancock County accounts, those being advertised this week plus older accounts, is 31,936 with a value of $7.84 million.
In fiscal year 2013, the state paid 53,580 claims worth about $69.2 million with the average claim being $1,292.
A comprehensive list of all unclaimed fund accounts is available on the Department of Commerce’s online “Treasure Hunt” website at unclaimedfundstreasurehunt.ohio.gov along with forms for individuals and organizations to use to claim money.
Those without Internet access can write the Division of Unclaimed Funds and provide the full name or names to be researched, along with the counties in which the person or persons may have resided. The division’s address is 77 S. High St., 20th Floor, Columbus, OH 43215.
Anyone with questions about unclaimed funds can call the division toll-free at 1-877-644-6823.