Treasurer Moore: Strong payouts sign consumers feeling inflation’s pinch
CHARLESTON, W.Va. – State Treasurer Riley Moore today announced his Office returned more than $2.5 million worth of unclaimed property payments to residents, businesses and local government agencies during the month of April.
“As West Virginians are struggling with rising fuel costs and inflation, we’re continuing to see a strong flow of unclaimed property claims coming into our Office,” Treasurer Moore said. “This is the third straight month in which we’ve paid out more than $2 million in claims, and I encourage everyone to keep checking our website – www.wvtreasury.com – to see if we’re holding any money for you.”
The State Treasurer’s Office returned a total of $2,548,059 worth of unclaimed property during April. The Office tallied 2,528 completed claims paid out during the month – an increase of 45 percent over the 1,744 claims paid during March.
Treasurer Moore said it’s not surprising to see a jump in claims as people cope with rising inflation costs.
“With consumer prices jumping more than 8 percent, people are feeling the pinch in their bank accounts,” Treasurer Moore said. “Everyone could use a little extra right now to make ends meet, so it’s more important than ever to see if you have any unclaimed cash out there in your name.”
The Marion County Board of Education recently said they would use the proceeds from a $115,000 unclaimed property check to offset rising fuel costs for their school bus fleet.
The Treasurer’s Office has also taken its unclaimed property message straight to the gas pump. The Office recently placed video ads for the program on pumps equipped with TV screens to help educate motorists about the program.
“Everyone who’s filled up their tank lately has felt the pinch in their wallet, so it made sense to take our message about unclaimed property directly to them at the pump,” Treasurer Moore said. “This is your money, and you need it now more than ever – so I’m encouraging everyone to check and see if we’re holding any cash for you today.”
Individuals interested in searching for unclaimed property in their name can visit www.wvtreasury.com and click on the ‘Search’ button on the “Are We Holding Your Money?” graphic.