October 19, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Treasurer Cowell Returns $55,000 in Unclaimed Cash at State Fair
RALEIGH – State Treasurer Janet Cowell handed an unclaimed
property check for more than $55,000 to a lucky North Carolina citizen today at
the State Fair. NC Cash, the Department’s unclaimed property program, has a
booth at the fair where citizens can search a database of more than $340
million in property to see if they have money to claim.
Cowell made a special appearance at the booth to return
unclaimed property to Raleigh elementary school teacher Jan Schnurr.
“I was so surprised and excited to find out about this,”
Schnurr said. “I plan to use the money to save up for retirement and invest it
so I can hopefully make more money with it.”
Another visitor to the booth found out Thursday that he has
more than $117,000 in unclaimed cash. This pushes the total amount found for
fairgoers to more than $300,000 since the fair began Oct. 11.
Following her appearance at the NC Cash booth, Cowell toured
the fairgrounds, making a special stop at the Got to Be NC Agriculture tent.
“The fair gives me the opportunity for early holiday
shopping; I always enjoy getting North Carolina food products like honey and
peanuts,” Cowell said. “Returning cash to its rightful owners just makes the
experience even more fun.”
Unclaimed property consists of bank accounts, wages, utility
deposits, stocks, bonds and other property types that have been abandoned due
to a loss of communication or oversight. North Carolinians can also search for
unclaimed property at www.nccash.com.
Photo (left to right): “Bill the Bill,” State Treasurer
Janet Cowell, Jan Schnurr