Jackson County Residents Encouraged to Come Claim Their Unclaimed Property from the State

From:  News Release   2/28/18   GCN

 Treasurer Lynn Fitch and the Jackson County Board of Supervisors are announcing an opportunity for local residents to come search the State’s unclaimed property listing and claim funds the State might be holding for them.

3:00 pm to 6:00 pm


2902 Shortcut Road – Pascagoula

|Unclaimed property specialists will be on hand at the event to help people search the State’s unclaimed property list, complete claims forms, and even notarize their paperwork. Assets on the list may include money, cash, checks, or stocks that have been abandoned for which there has been no contact for a period of five years.

“According to the Treasurer’s list, there is an estimated $9 Million in unclaimed property for Jackson County residents and businesses,” says Board President Randy Bosarge. “We want to encourage all of our residents to take a look at the list and see if your name is on there. Also, if you recognize anyone else, let them know. I’m sure most of us would be happy to get little extra unexpected money.”

Individuals planning to attend should bring the following to expedite their claims:

    ​​​​​Photo ID (driver’s license, passport, military ID card, etc.)
  • Your Social Security Card
  • Proof of address (utility bill, etc.)
  • Proof of name change (marriage license, divorce decree, etc.)
  • If the owner is deceased, bring the death certificate, will, obituary, or affidavit of death

“Events like these in Winona, Myrtle, and Pearl last November helped reunite people in those towns with over $60,000,” said Fitch. “What a great boost for their family budgets and for the local economies. It is a pleasure to work with mayors, supervisors, legislators, and others to help people claim money the State is holding for them.”

Prior to attending the event, individuals are welcome and encouraged to view the Jackson County Unclaimed Property Listing on the County’s website www.co.jackson.ms.us (direct link to 617 page PDF is https://www.co.jackson.ms.us/news/jcunclaimedproperty2018.pdf) or visit the State’s listing at www.treasurerlynnfitch.com to see if the State has any money in their name. For those who cannot attend, the Unclaimed Property Claim Form can be completed and printed from the Treasurer’s website as well, just be sure to follow all instructions when submitting required documentation.

Once the Claim Form and required documentation are submitted, people can expect a check within 6 to 8 weeks.

Since Treasurer Fitch took office in 2012, she has distributed $79 million in unclaimed property, which is more than half of all the money that has been distributed since the program began in 1982.

Media are invited to come to these events to see how the process works. Your stories help people learn about the unclaimed property program and find money they may not realize is waiting for them.