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The Great Iowa Treasure Hunt is coming to Tama County soon

October 9, 2012
Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

DES MOINES- State Treasurer Michael L. Fitzgerald is bringing the Great Iowa Treasure Hunt to Tama County in hopes of returning lost money to its rightful owner. "We are holding over $356,433 for Tama County citizens in the Great Iowa Treasure Hunt," Fitzgerald said.

"Over the years, we've had tremendous success returning unclaimed property to Tama County," Fitzgerald stated. "We have returned over $318,855 for people in Tama County, but we are always looking for more individuals. The fall publication signifies the names of people that have had funds turned over to the Great Iowa Treasure Hunt over the last year."

Over 374,000 individuals have had unclaimed property returned to them through the Great Iowa Treasure Hunt program since Fitzgerald started it in 1983. Unclaimed property refers to money and other assets held by financial institutions or companies that have lost contact with the property's owner for a specific period of time. State law requires these institutions and companies to annually report and deliver unclaimed property to the State Treasurer's Office, where it is held until the owner or heir of the property is found. Common forms of unclaimed property include savings or checking accounts, stocks, uncashed checks, life insurance policies, utility security deposits, and safe deposit box contents.

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Keep an eye out for the upcoming publication. You can always check our entire list at Individuals may also send an email to For those who prefer corresponding by mail, please write to State Treasurer Michael L. Fitzgerald, Great Iowa Treasure Hunt, Lucas State Office Building, Des Moines, IA 50319. Please make sure to provide current name, previous names and addresses.



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