W.Va. Treasurer's Office returns nearly $17.7 million in unclaimed property to owners

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WTAP) - West Virginia Treasurer John Perdue's office says the state returned $17.7 million in unclaimed property to rightful owners and custodians in the 2018 fiscal year, setting a new record.

In the 2018 fiscal year, which ended June 30, 2018, the Unclaimed Property Division of the West Virginia Treasurer's Office returned a total of $17,657,253 in unclaimed property to current and former residents of West Virginia.

$10.2 million of that total was given to current West Virginia residents, while the remaining $7.5 million was disbursed to out-of-state residents and other states with claims.

Unclaimed property is any single financial asset from which an individual has become separated, such as a forgotten utility deposit or a final paycheck.

The record-setting year eclipsed 2009’s $15.4 million total and 2011’s $14.9 million.

To search the Treasurer’s Office unclaimed property database, click the link in the "Related Links" section of this story.

Doddridge County led all West Virginia counties in dollar amount returned with $1.8 million on 22 claims.

The rest of the top 10 counties, in amounts returned to residents, include:
Kanawha – $1.7 million
Taylor – $541,477
Monongalia – $527,818
Harrison – $368,778
Cabell – $368,708
Berkeley – $361,222
Fayette – $356,796
Wood – $310,580
Mercer – $279,244

You can see a .PDF file of the complete county-by-county breakdown of 2018 fiscal year unclaimed property claims in West Virginia, in the "Related Documents" section of this story.