Treasurer's office reunites people at Oklahoma State Fair with lost funds

The state treasurer's office found almost $200,000 for those who stopped by the agency's booth at the Oklahoma State Fair. The treasurer's office will have a similar booth at the Tulsa State Fair, which begins Thursday.
BY MICHAEL MCNUTT mmcnutt@opubco.com Published: September 25, 2012
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The state treasurer's office, which found nearly $200,000 for visitors to the recently concluded Oklahoma State Fair, will be available to help those attending the Tulsa State Fair.

The treasurer office's unclaimed property booth will be in the Quik Trip Center throughout the fair, which begins Thursday and runs through Oct. 7.

Workers will look up names on the treasurer office's unclaimed property list. Unclaimed property includes bank accounts, security deposits, old paychecks, overpayments, royalties, rebates, stock and bonds. Safe deposit box contents also are included.

The treasurer's office has about $350 million that belongs to an estimated 600,000 Oklahomans. During the Oklahoma State Fair, state Treasurer Ken Miller and his staff found $190,199 for 630 fair patrons. Last year, almost $350,000 was found for 552 people at the state fair. In the past 12 years, more than $3 million has been found for more than 8,000 Oklahoma City fair attendees.

This will be the eighth year the treasurer's office has operated its “Pot of Gold” booth at the Tulsa State Fair.

During the past seven years, almost $2.2 million has been found for more than 3,800 Tulsa fairgoers.

Money and property are brought to the treasurer's office when the businesses holding them lose track of the owners.

Miller publishes the names in state newspapers, operates an online searchable database at www.treasurer.ok.gov and tries other methods — such as the booths at the two state fairs — to find the owners.


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