State treasurer encourages locals to claim funds

From Staff & Press Reports


Some Choctaw Countians needing extra cash may not have to look any further than the Office of the State Treasurer.

In some cases, the original owner of the property has died, and his or her heirs are unaware that the property exists. Nearly one in five people in Mississippi has missing money from forgotten bank accounts, uncashed checks, security deposits, utility refunds, estates, escrow accounts, even lost refunds, according to the state treasurer’s office.

The Unclaimed Property Act requires the businesses that hold that money — including banks, savings and loans companies, utility companies and insurance firms — turn the assets over to the Office of the State Treasurer.

“In these economic times, everybody can use a little help,” Treasurer Lynn Fitch said. “I would encourage everyone to search for family members, friends, neighbors and co-workers. This money belongs to the people of Mississippi and I am returning what rightfully belongs to them.”

The Unclaimed Property Division is working hard to return money to the rightful owners. Check to see if you have money at or call 601.359.3534.

A quick search on the website produced these accounts from the Choctaw County area as having unclaimed property. This list is NOT all-inclusive of local accounts. It is a random sampling:

•COUNTY CHOCTAW 1723689 P O BOX 250 ACKERMAN MS 39735 Over $100 (2 accounts)

• COUNTY MEDICAL CHOCTAW 1627223 P O DRAWER 417 ACKERMAN MS 39735 Over $100 (3 accounts)


• FCA 2193392 Over $100 (2 acounts)

• DEAN VADEN 1757042 ACKERMAN MS 39735 Over $100.

•ROBERT W JR CHANDLER 2111731 ACKERMAN MS 39735 Over $100.