The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

16 March 2008

Bring two pieces of ID

One of the functions of our State Treasurer is described by current officeholder Scott Meacham thusly:

Oklahoma businesses bring unclaimed cash, rebates, paychecks, royalties, stock[s] and bonds to my office and it's my job to return the money to the owners and heirs.

To this end, there's a Web search form; in addition, at regular intervals the Treasurer puts out a newspaper supplement listing the names of owners, which is now up to 128 pages.

I usually give this document a perfunctory glance at best: I check to see if there's anything for me, which there never is, and maybe flip a couple of pages to see if anything jumps out at me. Today's edition, for instance, had four items for the long-since-superseded Boatmen's Bank downtown. I'm not quite sure how these would be claimed. There's something for Michael Bates, though not this Michael Bates. However, I'd definitely like to be around if Jack Mehoff (reported to be at 708 NE 31st, Oklahoma City) shows up.

Posted at 9:42 AM to Soonerland


THIS IS MY HUSBAND, BUT HE PASS A WAY IN JAN.27,2000, MY NAME IS ANNIE P. PARROTT I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW WHAT THIS IS ALL ABOUT

[Originally two comments; I consolidated to one and deleted some way-too-specific personal information.]

Posted by: HARVEY A. PARROTT at 5:03 PM on 20 March 2008

Here's what it says at the Web search:

My job is to find the rightful owners, or heirs, of unclaimed funds, stocks and contents of safe deposit boxes. Oklahoma businesses bring unclaimed property to my office for safekeeping as required by law.

We might have money for you from dormant checking and savings accounts, unpaid wages and commissions, securities, cash dividends, uncashed money orders, utility deposits, refunds, and other types of property. Land and buildings are not included.

There is no charge for making a claim and there is no time limit on claiming your property!

If you think the Treasurer might have something that belongs to your family, by all means look up the Web form at that address I gave up above.

Posted by: CGHill at 6:09 PM on 20 March 2008