Virginians receive $87 million they didn’t know they were owed

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DANVILLE, Va. (WFXR) — On Wednesday, the Virginia Department of the Treasury was in Danville to help citizens reclaim money, many did not even know they were owed.

This year alone, the Department gave out about $87 million through the Unclaimed Property Program.

When companies can’t track down the rightful owner of things like refunds, investments, or inheritance, they turn that money over to the state.

Danville resident Lisa Easome isn’t in touch with her grandfather’s power of attorney, and she’s been trying to claim her share of his property.

“They gave out a phone number on TV,” she said, “and I called it, and the information they gave me was right, but the problem was they said I owed $35 before they could process it, and I said no, that’s okay.”

It sounded like a scam, but she was excited to learn the city of Danville brought in the Virginia Department of the Treasury to help people make their claims for free.

“I was relieved to know this was probably legit.”

Some basic personal information and one minute later, and Easome learned she and her ex-husband are owed about $16 from Nationwide, half of which is on its way to Easome’s home.

Unfortunately for Easome, there was no information about her inheritance.

“it’s not what I expected,” she said. “Disappointed.”

Still, Easome said it was worth coming out to check. She is one of about 130,000 Virginians who received money from the program this year alone.

“We wanted to be able to put some presents under the tree,” said Sheila Williamson-Bran, Treasurer of the City of Danville, “especially with this unknown money that you have sitting around. So hopefully it’ll be some good luck for those that might need it and didn’t even know they had it.”

The plan is to make this a twice-annual event in the River City.

State representatives will be back again Thursday morning in the Danville Treasurer’s Office to help you find your money.

If you can’t make it out, you can search for any of your missing money yourself by entering your information into the Unclaimed Property Program’s site here.

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