Encourage people to search for unclaimed property on Treasury’s website
Tannersville, PA - Pennsylvania Treasurer Stacy Garrity and state Senator Rosemary Brown (R-40) announced today that more than $28 million of unclaimed property is owed to residents of Monroe County.
“It’s great to be back in Tannersville today with Senator Brown to encourage the hardworking people here to search for unclaimed property. I’ve visited Monroe County several times over the past few years, and I want to make sure everyone here knows how to search for and claim what is rightfully theirs – it’s easy to do! With about one in ten Pennsylvanians owed unclaimed property, chances are pretty good you’ll find something for yourself, a loved one, or a friend. We want to get this money back in the right hands.”
Pennsylvania State Treasurer, Stacy Garrity
“Monroe County residents deserve to claim what’s theirs. I am proud to work with Treasurer Garrity and encourage Pennsylvanians to begin the claim process either online or by contacting my district office.”
Senator, Rosemary M. Brown (R-40)
The $28,425,415.79 available for residents of Monroe County includes 259,401 properties belonging to individuals, companies, organizations, and local governments. Unclaimed property includes things like dormant bank accounts, uncashed checks, forgotten stocks, and insurance policies. State law requires businesses to report unclaimed property to Treasury, generally after three years of dormancy.
To see if you have money waiting, search Treasury’s unclaimed property database at patreasury.gov/unclaimed-property. If you have money available, it’s easy to start the claims process online.
In fiscal year 2022-23, Treasury returned nearly $274 million in unclaimed property, the most ever in a single year. More than $4.5 billion remains available to be claimed, and the average claim is about $1,600.
Unclaimed property can also include tangible property, such as jewelry or other valuables stored in abandoned safe deposit boxes. Tangible property may be auctioned by Treasury after three years of trying to locate the rightful owner. All auction proceeds are available in perpetuity for the rightful owner to claim.
The tangible property received by Treasury sometimes includes military decorations and memorabilia, usually from safe deposit boxes. Treasurer Garrity and her team work diligently to find the veterans who earned those decorations, or their families. Military decorations and memorabilia are never auctioned.
Treasurer Garrity has returned 380 military decorations and memorabilia, including six Purple Hearts and three Bronze Stars. Eight of the returns have been associated with Monroe County. About 450 military decorations remain in Treasury’s vault, and anyone wanting to help Treasury find the rightful owners can visit patreasury.gov/unclaimed-property/medals.
If you need help with a claim or have any questions, contact Treasury’s Bureau of Unclaimed Property at firstname.lastname@example.org, free of charge.