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In 24 hours, Rhode Islanders claim $1M+ in unclaimed property

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Thousands of people may soon get a late Christmas present, according to the office of Rhode Island General Treasurer Seth Magaziner.

Since an announcement Monday, some 4,500 claims were filed for unclaimed property totaling $1.15 million, and 400 of the claims have already been verified. Checks will be in the mail next week, Treasury spokesman Evan England said in a news release Tuesday.

The money belongs to them, said Magaziner, and he considers giving it back to be a success.

“My goal is to ensure that as many Rhode Islanders as possible get their missing money back in their pockets where it belongs,” Magaziner said.

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The announcement said $23 million worth of unclaimed property was amassed by the state’s Unclaimed Property division in 2019.

Finding whether you have a windfall coming to you is as easy as going to the state’s website and typing in your name.

The cash ranges from closed or forgotten-about checking or savings accounts to dividends, insurance premiums, refunds or rebates, overpayments and outstanding checks, including paychecks.

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