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Fla. Returns $211M In Unclaimed Cash, Property

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TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/AP) – If you weren’t one of the Florida residents who received a part of the $211 million in unclaimed cash and property turned over by state, you still have time.

During the last budget year, Florida returned  a record $211 million in unclaimed cash and property to rightful owners, according to State Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater.

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 .

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