Oklahoma state Capitol news briefs

A look at news from the Oklahoma State Capitol.
Published: October 9, 2012
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CAPITOL BRIEFS

More than $250,000 in assets found for Tulsa fairgoers

Cash and stock worth more than $250,000 was found for 476 people attending the Tulsa State Fair during its 10-day run that ended Sunday, state Treasurer Ken Miller said Monday. As administrator of Oklahoma's unclaimed property program, Miller has more than $350 million for more than 600,000 people. The $259,349 was found by treasurer's workers with laptop computers who conducted 3,352 searches at this year's fair. This was the eighth consecutive year the treasurer's office has operated the booth at the Tulsa fair. Last year, the treasurer's staff found $323,683 for 486 people. The largest amount found at the Tulsa fair this year was $32,000 in proceeds from the sale of stock for a man in Grove. Last month, Miller and his staff found more than $190,000 for more than 600 visitors to the Oklahoma State Fair. Examples of unclaimed property include bank accounts, security deposits, old paychecks, overpayments, royalties, rebates, stock and bonds. The contents of abandoned safe deposit boxes are also included. The cash and property are turned over to the state treasurer's office when the businesses holding them lose track of the owners.