Unclaimed property payments increase

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CHEYENNE — The Unclaimed Property Division of the Wyoming State Treasurer’s Office shattered its previous record for most money returned in a fiscal year, returned $10.64 million to residents and former residents of Wyoming.

The largest claim paid in Sublette County between July 1, 2022 and June 30, 2023 was $54,964. The largest remaining unclaimed property in Sublette County amounts to $30,169, according to a July 5 press release from the State Treasurer’s Office.

Unclaimed property is turned over when a business, agency or governmental entity owes money, securities and/or the contents of a safe deposit box, among other items, to someone and for whatever reason cannot locate the owner for a specified duration of time. The property typically is turned over to the state of last known address. If there is no last known address, the property is turned over to the state in which the business was incorporated.

Wyoming law requires unclaimed property to be held in perpetuity until claimed by its rightful owner.

Individuals can check to see if they are owed any of the properties held by the State and make a claim at www.mycash.wyo.gov.