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Does the State Owe You Money?

State Treasurer is touring the state for the '12 Days of Cash-mas' to underscore the amount of unclaimed money in the treasury. Is some of the estimated $400 million yours?

Nowhere in the song did "The Twelve Days of Christmas" proclaim, "one check from the Wisconsin State Treasury," however it's what the state treasurer could sing if you're on the 12-day tour of the state to return cash to people who didn't realize they had it coming.

In fact, according to the Wisconsin Department of the Treasury, there is more than $400 million dollars in unclaimed assets held by the State Treasury. This money comes from forgotten paychecks, insurance premium overpayments, utility deposits, forgotten bank accounts or stocks, abandoned safe deposit boxes and many other forms of assets that have been lost, forgotten about or that people did not even know they had.

In addition, there are more than 2 million 'properties' held by the Office of State Treasurer.

“What better time of year to get cash back in the hands of its rightful owners”, State Treasurer Kurt Schuller said. "It’s a great feeling being able to help someone and spread a little holiday cheer."

Visit the website to see if you may have a little - or a lot - of money coming to you. Brookfield's Robert T. Dechant and Mary P. Johnson were listed among the top 20 unclaimed properties in Waukesha County, but anyone can search the state's database, and there are other lists resulting from legal settlements that you may also search.

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