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Kansas treasury returns record $6.3M in unclaimed property in August

By: - September 9, 2021 11:51 am
Kansas state Treasurer Lynn Rogers said a one-month record of $6.3 million in unclaimed property was returned by the treasurer's office to 6,000 people during August. The previous record of $4.2 million was set in 2019. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas state Treasurer Lynn Rogers said a one-month record of $6.3 million in unclaimed property was returned by the treasurer’s office to 6,000 people during August. The previous record of $4.2 million was set in 2019. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

TOPEKA — The state of Kansas distributed a single-month record $6.3 million in unclaimed property during August, officials said Thursday.

State Treasurer Lynn Rogers, a Democrat, said the previous monthly high was established in 2019 when $4.2 million was forwarded to recipients by that office. Republican Jake LaTurner was serving as state treasurer at that time.

“We have returned money to individuals, school districts, nonprofits and municipalities all across the state,” Rogers said. “We are working hard to reunite Kansans with what is rightfully theirs, and with this record-breaking month, it is clear our efforts are working.”

The $6.3 million was distributed to approximately 6,000 people in August, Rogers said.

Kansans interested in searching for unclaimed property through the state treasurer’s office can do so online at www.kansascash.ks.gov.

Rogers was appointed state treasurer in January by Gov. Laura Kelly following the resignation of LaTurner, who was elected to the U.S. House.

Rogers said the office’s unclaimed property division had returned $17 million to about 60,000 recipients during 2021. The average payment was $290.

The state holds about $400 million in assets that could be returned.

“Now more than ever, every penny counts, and getting this money back to Kansans helps them pay for important expenses or provides a little extra to save for education, housing or retirement,” Rogers said.

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Tim Carpenter
Tim Carpenter

Tim Carpenter has reported on Kansas for 35 years. He covered the Capitol for 16 years at the Topeka Capital-Journal and previously worked for the Lawrence Journal-World and United Press International. He has been recognized for investigative reporting on Kansas government and politics. He won the Kansas Press Association's Victor Murdock Award six times. The William Allen White Foundation honored him four times with its Burton Marvin News Enterprise Award. The Kansas City Press Club twice presented him its Journalist of the Year Award and more recently its Lifetime Achievement Award. He earned an agriculture degree at Kansas State University and grew up on a small dairy and beef cattle farm in Missouri. He is an amateur woodworker and drives Studebaker cars.

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