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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

TREASURER COWELL RETURNS UNCLAIMED CASH AT STATE FAIR

Presents Check to American Red Cross

RALEIGH – State Treasurer Janet Cowell made an appearance at the NC Cash booth at the State Fair today, assisting state fairgoers in finding their share of more than $350 million in unclaimed property that may belong to them.

During her visit, Treasurer Cowell presented a check for $9,738.33 to the National American Red Cross. Accepting the check was Barry Porter, Regional Chief Executive Officer of Eastern North Carolina of the National American Red Cross, which provides emergency assistance, disaster relief and education inside the United States.

“North Carolina’s State Fair is an experience I look forward to each year,” Cowell said. “Our presence helps reunite citizens with their unclaimed cash and I’m pleased that we returned funds to help the Red Cross provide emergency assistance.”

Since the start of the fair, over $130,000 has been claimed. In 2013, the Unclaimed Property team conducted 12,536 lookups and found $479,878.88 in unclaimed property for fairgoers. The booth is located in the Kerr Scott Building.

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The Unclaimed Property Division of the N.C. Department of State Treasurer returned more than $50 million in unclaimed cash in 2013. 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 search for unclaimed property at www.nccash.com​.

Photo: North Carolina Treasurer Janet Cowell presents check to Barry Porter, Regional Chief Executive Officer of Eastern North Carolina of the National American Red Cross.

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