A Cleveland man won a lot more than a kewpie doll at the Medina County Fair.
The man found he had stock valued at $17,000 in a check of the state’s unclaimed fund database, according to Medina County Treasurer John Burke.
The treasurer offers the search as a public service at a booth at the fair and other events.
“My office really tries to make this process easy to return the monies due to the rightful owners,” Burke said. “It is a completely free and confidential service.”
A news release from the treasurer’s office said more than $40,000 in unclaimed funds were discovered at this year’s weeklong fair.
Since 1998, Burke said the treasurer’s office has helped more than 2,500 residents collect nearly $1 million.
Unclaimed funds are monies that have been left behind from past deposits or checks, uncashed after five or more years. Forgotten savings, checking accounts, utility deposits, stock dividends and safe deposit contents are among the most common unclaimed funds.
Burke said the unclaimed funds service will be provided throughout the fall at local libraries, recreation centers and grocery stores.
For more information, visit the treasurer’s website, www.medinacountytreasurer.com.
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