TOPEKA - Kansas State Treasurer Jake LaTurner has returned over $23.7 million to Kansans since July 1, 2017. That is the most unclaimed property ever returned in a single year, and there is still over a month and a half to go in the fiscal year. The Treasurer and his staff have completed a 105 County Tour in less than five months to provide free unclaimed property searches for Kansans in their home counties.
The Treasurer has also modernized the office by utilizing social media for their marketing efforts, which has more than doubled the number of searches on www.kansascash.com. There have been over two million Kansas names searched since July 1, 2017. Treasurer LaTurner also launched a new website that is user and mobile-friendly. It simplifies the claims process and now Kansans are able to receive direct deposits rather than waiting for a check in the mail.
“This year has been a great success,” LaTurner said. “Returning over $23.7 million to Kansans is significant. Every dollar we return to the people of Kansas is a dollar that goes back into their local communities. Not only have we returned a record amount of money to Kansans, but we have made the process more user friendly and we have improved the service offered to Kansans.“
The State Treasurer's Office is currently safeguarding $350 million in unclaimed property and is charged with returning it to its rightful owners and heirs. Unclaimed property includes inactive savings and checking accounts, uncashed checks, stock shares and bonds, dividend checks, insurance proceeds, mineral royalties and utility deposits. For more information on the Kansas State Treasurer’s Office or unclaimed property, please visit www.KansasCash.com, or call 785-296-3171. There is no cost to search and claim your rightful property.
“The average return to Kansans is $244 and that means something to the LaTurner household, just like it does to most Kansas families,” continued LaTurner. “Many individuals have reinvested their returned money back into their communities. One donated his claim to a local nursing home in Northwest Kansas, another was going to use it to help start her daughter’s college fund, and many others paid down debt. It’s such an honor to serve Kansans in this capacity.”