Kansas State Treasurer Lynn Rogers wants to reunite Kansans with their money.
That was his key message as he stopped in Great Bend Friday morning on his statewide Unclaimed Property Tour. It is part of an ongoing effort to reunite Kansans with their cash and property.
“There’s over $400 million in unclaimed property waiting to be claimed by Kansans around the state,” Rogers said. “The best part of my job is being able to inform Kansans that they have cash waiting to be collected. That’s extra money for families to save for education, housing, retirement, and other important expenses.”
During the meet-and-greet at Great Bend Coffee, Rogers said Great Bend residents have a total of 15,972 unclaimed property claims worth $2,166,998.02. Additionally, since Jan. 4, the Unclaimed Property Division has returned over $10 million in property to Kansans across the state with an average claim of about $200.
Thousands of people lose track of their dormant bank accounts, cash, stocks, bonds, refunds, royalties, safe deposit boxes, court deposits and other property annually, he said. People move and forget to furnish their bank, broker, employer or insurance company with a forwarding address. Losing sight of property can happen to anyone.
“Our team is working hard and creatively to return unclaimed property to Kansans – it is their money, and they deserve to have it back in their pockets,” he said. “There are so many people in every corner of the state who have no idea that they may have hundreds of dollars owed to them, waiting to be claimed.”
Each year, Kansas businesses send the names of people with unclaimed assets, he said. “As State Treasurer, it is my job to reunite those people with what is rightfully theirs.”
Claiming unclaimed property through the Office of Kansas State Treasurer is always easy, safe, and free, Rogers said. Any website requesting credit card information or offering to find property for a fee is not the official website of the State Treasurer. For more information on the unclaimed property program and to search online, please go to KansasCash.ks.gov.