Jackson, MS. For the sixth year in a row, Treasurer
Lynn Fitch will be hosting a booth at the Mississippi State Fair to assist
citizens in finding and reclaiming their unclaimed property.
“We have had such great success with our booth at the State
Fair over the past five years,” said Treasurer Fitch. “We have
helped Fair-goers initiate more than 7,300 claims and collect over $11.2
million of their money over these past five years, and we are very excited to
reunite more Mississippians with their money this year.”
Staff from the Office of the State Treasurer will be
available in the Trademart building starting at 5 pm on opening day, October
3rd. The booth will be open from 11 am to 5 pm, with some evening hours
as well, each day until the Fair ends on October 14th.
Unclaimed property often comes from uncashed checks, forgotten
refunds on utility deposits, or unknown insurance payments. Through the
Treasurer’s Office, the State acts as custodian for the funds until they can be
reunited with their rightful owners. Since Treasurer Fitch took office in
January 2012, she has helped Mississippians collect nearly $90 million in
unclaimed property, which is 56% of all the funds distributed through the
program since it began in 1982.
At the Fair, the Treasurer’s staff will be available to help
people search the State’s unclaimed property list and begin the claims
process. The following materials will help to expedite claims:
Photo ID (driver’s license, passport, military
ID card, etc.)
Your Social Security Card
Proof of address (utility bill, etc.)
Proof of name change (marriage license, divorce
If the owner is deceased, bring the death
certificate, will, obituary, or affidavit of death
Individuals can always check the State’s full listing at www.treasurerlynnfitch.com
to see if the State has any money in their name, as well. It is
constantly being updated.