With a little less than two months left in the fiscal year, State Treasurer Clint Zweifel (ZWY-ful) announced today his office has made more than 77,000 people a little richer, surpassing the all-time record of 75,441 accounts set the previous year. Treasurer Zweifel also announced that one person in the Springfield area has just received $300,000. As always, when done directly with Treasurer Zweifel’s office, the Unclaimed Property return was made free of charge.


With a little less than two months left in the fiscal year, State Treasurer Clint Zweifel (ZWY-ful) announced today his office has made more than 77,000 people a little richer, surpassing the all-time record of 75,441 accounts set the previous year. Treasurer Zweifel also announced that one person in the Springfield area has just received $300,000. As always, when done directly with Treasurer Zweifel’s office, the Unclaimed Property return was made free of charge.

Additionally, Treasurer Zweifel said that fiscal year 2010 was the second largest on record for total dollars returned at $28 million.  Last year’s returns totaled $26.5 million and the all-time record set in fiscal year 2008 was $34.5 million.

“I cannot say it enough, one in 10 Missourians is owed an average of $365, and that is significant to Missouri families. In these tough economic times it is imperative as many Missourians as possible get their money now.  This is money that can pay for groceries, fill up the car and pay for home repairs,” Treasurer Zweifel said.  “Helping this individual in Springfield is an excellent example of how the 14 employees in Unclaimed Property are working hard to return money to more Missourians than ever before through technological efficiencies, streamlined services and an increased focus on the program.”

The $300,000 returned in the Springfield area was a combination of many accounts being held in trust. There are still more than 30 claims worth in excess of $100,000 each to be returned from Unclaimed Property. The geographic breakdown of the claims is: 15 in St. Louis County; nine in Jackson County; four in St. Louis City; two in Boone County; one each in Pike, Camden, Coleand Franklin counties; and one with county unknown.

Since taking office in January 2009, Treasurer Zweifel has returned $40 million in Unclaimed Property. In January 2010, the largest single account returned to an individual was made to a man in the St. Louis area and totaled $1.6 million.

Missourians may search for Unclaimed Property at ShowMeMoney.com.

About Treasurer Zweifel’s Unclaimed Property
State law requires financial institutions, insurance companies, public agencies and other business entities to turn over assets to Treasurer Zweifel that belong to a customer, client, employee or other owner if there have been no documented transactions or contact with the owner for five or more years. Most Unclaimed Property consists of cash from bank accounts, stocks, bonds and contents of safe deposit boxes that have been abandoned. It also can include uncollected insurance policy proceeds, government refunds, utility deposits and wages from past jobs. Treasurer Zweifel does not handle real property such as land, houses, cars and boats. There is $600 million in Unclaimed Property maintained by Treasurer Zweifel. Treasurer Zweifel never charges for the return of Unclaimed Property.