Thousands of Tri Staters have millions of dollars they don't know about. You may be one of them.
One woman -- whose last name is Rose -- never claimed more than $100,000, according to Hamilton County Ohio Treasurer Robert Goering. If you are named Rose, you might want to start checking.
Goering showed us the Holy Grail of free money: Books listing thousands of people who have unclaimed funds in the county.
Where is the Money From?
Goering said it can come from anywhere, like "old bank accounts that have been turned over to the state, or it could be insurance proceeds after an accident or fire."
Other times it is utility or apartment deposits, or an inheritance from Aunt Marge.
"If there was some inaccuracy on the address, or you moved several times, it could all be sitting there waiting for you to claim the money," Goering said.
The State of Ohio has passed the $1 billion mark in unclaimed funds. Unlike other states, Ohio does not spend the unclaimed money after 10 or 20 years.
Hunt Often Ends in Dead End
So where are the recipients? In most cases, the person is long gone from that address.
We discovered that when we tried to find one woman on Beechmont Avenue in Mount Washington. House number 2317 was torn down -- and $2,000 in cash was unclaimed by the woman who lived there in the 1980's.
At one vacant house, on Salem Road in Anderson Township, the person who lived there four owners ago never claimed $3,000.
And in an apartment building on Highland Avenue in Mt Auburn, no one had ever heard of a man who was owed $1,800.
So the checks get returned to sender, and most people never check their name.
How to Check
Or check the books in your local treasurer's office.
You'd be amazed at who is on the list. We found three of our 9 On Your Side TV anchors with unclaimed funds, though none are going to retire on it: The average amount was $30.
As always, don't waste your money.
Want to know if you have unclaimed money in your name?
Check your state's Treasurer Department, or the national site Unclaimed.org.
CLICK HERE for the Hamilton County Treasurer's office.
CLICK HERE for Ohio's Unclaimed Funds site.
CLICK HERE for the Kentucky Unclaimed Fund site.
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