July 2, 2016

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Medina County residents could have unclaimed funds

MEDINA — Some folks who attended last week’s Medina County Home and Garden show got an unexpected benefit: They learned they were owed money.

Medina County Treasurer John Burke said his office helped find more than $22,400 in unclaimed funds for residents at the booth set up at the show.

Treasurer John Burke

A Valley City resident found he had $1,883.76 in unclaimed funds from a forgotten dividend check and stocks, Burke said in a news release.

Every year, the Ohio Department of Commerce publishes the names of people who have missing money valued at $50 or more, money that the state has received in the past year.

Unclaimed funds are checks or assets that have been turned over to the state after a period of three to five years.

According to the treasurer’s office, the most common unclaimed funds are forgotten utility or rent deposits, checking or savings accounts, wages as well as uncashed dividend, insurance or rebate checks, and safe deposit contents.

The list will be published in Tuesday’s Gazette.

“If you find your name on this list and need assistance in claiming your missing money, we invite residents to contact our office at (330) 725-9199,” Burke said. “We will print the form for you as well as explain the process and procedure. All you have to do is sign it, gather the necessary information and mail your papers to the state.

“This is a free service and our staff will be happy to assist your.”

Residents can check if they have unclaimed funds by visiting www.medinacountytreasurer.com and looking for the “Unclaimed Fund” tab.

They also can check the state’s website at www.com.ohio.gov/unfd/.

Contact Kiera Manion-Fischer at (330) 721-4049 or kfischer@medina-gazette.com.