Joyce Corbett of Brogue and Debra Ludwig of York are among thousands of Yorkers with property the Pennsylvania Treasury would like to return, and the state is hoping to get their attention during an awareness campaign.
York County residents are the rightful owners of more than 130,000 pieces of unclaimed property totaling almost $15 million. The Treasury is publishing the names of the most recent additions to its list in The York Dispatch on Friday.
The department, which holds property when an owner can't be located, returned more than $3 million in assets and property through the campaign last year. The list includes individuals, corporations and nonprofits.
"A lot of times, people and organizations don't know they're owed the property," said Press Secretary Elizabeth Foose. "Examples include forgotten bank accounts, checks that never made it to a person in the mail, forgotten stocks or bonds, the contents of safe deposit box."
After a certain period of inactivity, banks and other entities turn the belongings over to the state. The contents of abandoned safe deposit boxes have yielded some rare finds, from heirlooms to a baseball signed by Honus "The Flying Dutchman" Wagner, who played for the Pittsburgh Pirates in the early 1900s, Foose said.
The items are kept in a vault in Harrisburg.
"Earlier this year, we returned jewelry where a father had the (safe deposit) box and didn't tell anyone and he passed away," she said. "There was a large diamond ring and gold jewelry."
Too much effort? Catherine Shorb, a 56-year-old accountant from Spring Garden Township, said she procrastinated when a nephew told her he saw her name on the list.
"I thought, 'It's probably a relatively low dollar amount and more effort than it's worth,'" she said.
But she decided to investigate when the state's website, www.patreasury.gov, listed the item's value at more than $200.
"I figured, 'Hey, that's a nice dinner out somewhere,'" she said.
The property, she said, ended up being worth much more than a dinner.
"It was de-mutualized shares from a life insurance policy my father had taken out on me as a child. ... It matured and de-mutualized," she said. "We have kids in college, so that was very helpful."
The $1,300 paid for books for a semester, she said.
Entire list online: Foose said the list published in newspapers only includes the newest entries, and residents will want to search the full list at www.patreasury.gov to make sure they're not included.
Treasurer McCord said in a press release that about one in 10 Pennsylvanians have unclaimed property in their name, with the average claim worth around $1,200.
He said the state has $1.9 billion in unclaimed property being held by the Treasury, including an individual in Lancaster and an individual in York Springs who are each owed more than $100,000.
People who are listed may claim their property by calling (800) 222-2046, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
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