Treasurer Stacy Garrity Announces Return of More Than $60,000 in Unclaimed Property to Lackawanna County
Scranton, PA - Pennsylvania Treasurer Stacy Garrity and Lackawanna County officials announced today that more than $60,000 in unclaimed property has been returned to Lackawanna County.
“It’s exciting to get this money back where it belongs – to benefit the residents of Lackawanna County. As long as I serve as Pennsylvania’s treasurer, I will work with our team to return property to its rightful owners, no matter how long it has been unclaimed – and regardless of whether it’s valued at a few dollars or thousands of dollars. I encourage everyone to search our online database to see if they, their loved ones or their government or business entity may be owed some of the more than $4 billion in unclaimed property safeguarded by Treasury.”
Pennsylvania State Treasurer, Stacy Garrity
“The Lackawanna County Controller’s Office appreciates the assistance of Pennsylvania Treasurer Stacy Garrity and her staff in facilitating the process of returning $60,436.61 of unclaimed property back to Lackawanna County where it will now benefit county taxpayers.”
Lackawanna County Controller, Gary DiBileo
“In times like this, every dollar counts. Having this unclaimed property returned to our county is great news for taxpayers, and I will work to ensure that it’s put to good use. I thank Treasurer Garrity and her team for working with Lackawanna County to get this money back where it belongs – and I encourage everyone to search and see if there’s any unclaimed property waiting for you.”
Lackawanna County Commissioner, Chris Chermak
The $60,436.61 returned to Lackawanna County included 111 individual properties ranging in value from $0.01 to $21,151.89. The oldest property dates back to 1985, while the most recent is from 2019. Properties returned include accounts payable checks, claims payments checks, cashier’s checks, court deposits, and other forms of unclaimed property. How the funds are spent will be determined by county officials.
Treasurer Garrity has returned nearly $7 million to 43 local governments, including counties and municipalities, since taking office.
Treasury is working to return more than $4 billion in unclaimed property to its rightful owners. About one in ten Pennsylvanians is owed unclaimed property, and the average claim is worth nearly $1,600.
Unclaimed property can include dormant bank accounts, claims payments, accounts payable, uncashed checks, insurance policies, contents of forgotten safe deposit boxes and more. State law requires businesses to report unclaimed property to Treasury after three years of dormancy.
To learn more about unclaimed property or to search Treasury’s database, visit patreasury.gov/unclaimed-property.
Samantha Heckel, Press Secretary (Treasury), 717-418-0206 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Gary DiBieleo, Controller (Lackawanna County), 570-963-6726 or email@example.com