Northampton, PA - Pennsylvania Treasurer Stacy Garrity and Northampton County Executive Lamont G. McClure announced today that more than $110,000 in unclaimed property has been returned to Northampton County.
“It’s an exciting day to be making such a large return to Northampton County. Since taking office, I’ve had the chance to visit Easton and Bethlehem, and I know that the residents of Northampton County work hard and want to know that every taxpayer dollar is being used wisely. I’m glad to safeguard unclaimed property, but our goal is always to return it to the rightful owners.”
Pennsylvania State Treasurer, Stacy Garrity
“We are pleased that $110,000 of unclaimed property is being returned to Northampton County residents. We wish to express our sincere gratitude.”
Northampton County Executive, Lamont G. McClure
The $110,388.13 returned to Northampton County includes 217 individual properties ranging in value from $0.01 to $22,558.58. The oldest property dates back to 1986, while the most recent is from 2019. Properties returned include funds from accounts payable checks, uncashed checks, bank drafts, cashier’s checks, claims payment checks, credit balances, and other forms of unclaimed property.
Treasurer Garrity has returned more than $15.6 million to 57 local governments, including counties and municipalities, since taking office.
Treasury is working to return more than $4.5 billion in unclaimed property to its rightful owners. About one in ten Pennsylvanians is owed unclaimed property, and the average claim is worth about $1,600.
Unclaimed property can include dormant bank accounts, 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.
Treasury keeps tangible unclaimed property for about three years before it is auctioned. Auction proceeds are kept in perpetuity for owners to claim. Military decorations and memorabilia are never auctioned.
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
Brittney Waylen, Deputy Director of Administration & Public Information Officer (Northampton County), 484-280-3751 or email@example.com