By Wayne Allen
The Ohio Department of Commerce is asking Ohio residents to join in the 2014 Unclaimed Funds Treasure Hunt, find out if they are one of thousands of people entitled to unclaimed funds turned over to the department.
According to the Ohio Department of Commerce, Scioto County residents and businesses have an unclaimed amount of more than $5 million dollars, with the average account be $209.85.
Unclaimed funds are money or the rights to money that have been dormant or forgotten. Some common examples include; dormant checking and savings accounts, forgotten rent and utility deposits, uncashed checks, undelivered stock certificates, and uncashed insurance policies.
According to the unclaimed funds list for Scioto County the New Boston Coke Corporation is due the most at $67,826.97, MJ Industries is due $11,325.32, the FC Dehler Mortuary Company is due $5,847.42. The Scioto County Commissioners are due $2,000,
The amounts on the list vary from $67,826 to $0.01, and everything in between.
The Scioto County Health Department is on the list as have $3 due to them. Cradle Pregnancy Care Center is due $2.86. and Scioto county Prosecutor Mark Kuhn is on the list as being due twenty eight cents.
“The Department of Commerce Division of Unclaimed Funds is committed to reuniting Ohioans with their hard-earned money,” said Andre T. Porter, Director of the Ohio Department of Commerce in a released statment. “This money can help Ohioans buy a tank of gas, pay off some bills, make a needed home repair or even expand a business which means jobs for Ohioans.”
In Fiscal Year 2013, the Division paid 53,580 claims worth $69.2 million. The average claim was $1,292.
For a searchable database of unclaimed funds through the Ohio Department of Commerce, visit www.com.ohio.gov/unfd.
Wayne Allen can be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 1933 or on Twitter @WayneallenPDT