Within hours, more than $150,000 was claimed in the Jacksonville area, but millions of dollars are still waiting for the rightful owner to come forward.
On Monday, Florida Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis officially kicked off his annual Holiday Money Hunt, which began with a phone bank at News4JAX. The goal is to reunite people with money and property held in trust by the state, and in less than 15 hours, viewers have claimed their money — clearing more than 700 accounts that were held.
“We’re talking about intangibles, like dormant bank accounts, life insurance proceeds, uncashed checks — incredible uncashed checks that the owner never cashes,” Phillip Carlton, deputy director of Florida’s Division of Unclaimed Property, told News4JAX about where the money comes from. “Credit card balances, refunds, any intangible liability that exists and is owed to anyone.”
Carlton says that when a company or entity is unable to contact a person to whom that money is owed, it is turned over to the Florida Department of Financial Services’ Unclaimed Property division.
There is so much more to claim in Jacksonville and all of Northeast Florida:
Province of Alachua: more than $25.2 million
Baker County: over $1 million
Bradford County: more than $1.6 million
Clay County: more than $12.2 million
Colombian province: more than $4.7 million
Province of Duval: more than $112 million
Flagler County: nearly $8 million
Province of Nassau: more than $5.2 million
Province of Putnam: nearly $6 million
St John’s County: nearly $19 million
Union Province: $645,258
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“It’s that time of year when everyone could use a little extra pocket money, and an unexpected check from the state of Florida could brighten things up this year. There’s more to be claimed, so search now to see if you, your company, or any of your family members have any unclaimed Florida property. Searching is free and only takes a few minutes!” Patronis said.
You can search online at FLTreasureHunt.gov.
If you’ve searched for your name in the past but nothing came up, it doesn’t mean you won’t have anything now or in the future.
“Check regularly as we are constantly loading reports with accounts,” said Carlton. “Check several times a year, because you never know! We load 2.5 to 3 million bills annually.”
Carlton said if you find yourself owed money, you can expect it in two months.
“In general it is now between 45 and 50 days. Once we receive your claim to process all incoming claims, we will process in the order received – so please be patient with us,” he said. We are processing it as fast as we can because we want to get the money back where it belongs.”
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