Treasurer Torsella Finds Luck Of The Irish In Commonwealth

Pennsylvania’s luckiest are entitled to hundreds of thousands of dollars in unclaimed property


Harrisburg, PA – Pennsylvania Treasurer Joe Torsella announced today that Treasury holds $214,000 worth of unclaimed property for nearly 2000 “lucky” individuals and organizations with Irish-related names or titles. A listing of the persons and groups matching the criteria can be viewed here. Of the claims, Treasury found 22 Irish cultural foundations, dance schools, and religious organizations were entitled to properties totaling $8,200 in value.


“The influence of the Irish is deep in the history of Pennsylvania and can be traced back all the way to our founding. We hope that by reuniting groups that preserve Irish culture with their lost treasures, we can share in the celebration of St. Patrick’s Day and Irish customs.”


Pennsylvania Treasurer, Joe Torsella

The Treasury is also searching for the owner of a real-life “pot of gold.” A collection of gold coins bearing similar markings to the Royal Mint Sovereign is available to claim by the rightful owner. Photographs of the coins can be viewed here.


Last year, Treasurer Torsella announced Treasury returned more than $254 million in unclaimed property to Pennsylvanians in 2017, a historic 34 percent increase from 2016.


Unclaimed property is any financial asset that has gone unclaimed for a period of time, usually three years. Under Pennsylvania law, businesses are required to report this to Treasury. Each year, Treasury receives millions of dollars in unclaimed property – items such as abandoned bank accounts, forgotten stocks, uncashed checks and contents of safety deposit boxes. The property remains available for claim by the owners or their heirs in perpetuity and Treasury serves as the custodian until it can find and verify its rightful legal owner.


Potential claimants may search Treasury’s website for unclaimed property, or Treasury’s Bureau of Unclaimed Property is also available toll-free at 1-800-222-2046, to help conduct a thorough search for unclaimed property.


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