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Florida Returns $211M In Unclaimed Cash, Property

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida returned a record $211 million in unclaimed cash and property to rightful owners during the last budget year.

State Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater made that announcement Thursday.

But his Bureau of Unclaimed Property still holds $1 billion in property and cash that hasn’t yet been claimed.

It’s mostly cash from dormant accounts at banks, insurance companies and utilities as well as securities and trust holdings and the contents of abandoned safe deposit boxes.

That’s often watches, jewelry, coins, currency, stamps and historical items.

The bureau has returned $1.9 billion since the program began 50 years ago.

Floridians can find out if they have unclaimed property by calling 1-888-258-2253 or visiting the bureau’s website: http://www.FLTreasureHunt.org .

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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