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$200,000+ in unclaimed property returned to Bucks residents

Treasurer Stacy Garrity and Sen. Frank Farry hosted two State Services Day events that returned $200,000 in unclaimed property to Bucks residents

A successful endeavor: Treasurer Stacy Garrity and Sen. Frank Farry hosted events that helped return over $200,000 in unclaimed property to residents. Submitted Photo

More than $200,000 worth of unclaimed property was returned to residents of Bucks County recently at events featuring Treasurer Stacy Garrity, Sen. Frank Farry and Reps. Joe Hogan, Kristin Marcell and K.C. Tomlinson.

Farry hosted two State Services Day events, one in Middletown Township and one in Warwick Township. As part of each event, constituents were able to search on-site for unclaimed property. Those searches turned up over $200,000 owed to Bucks County residents who were in attendance.

“Meeting Pennsylvanians in their own backyard is great for so many reasons,” said Garrity. “Not only do we get to talk about what’s most important in their lives, but I also get to share great resources, like how to search for unclaimed property. We were able to help our constituents find more than $200,000 that they didn’t know they had at these two events — that’s amazing! Treasury has more than $4.5 billion in unclaimed property owed to one in 10 Pennsylvanians. More than $133 million of that is owed to people in Bucks County alone. I urge everyone to search online any time. You never know what you’ll find!”

“It was an honor having Treasurer Garrity here in the 6th Senate district sharing the great programs Treasury has to offer,” said Farry. “Many people do not know they have unclaimed property, and being able to offer this service and finding over $200,000 for our constituents in one day is remarkable. I encourage anyone who could not attend our events and may think they have unclaimed property to check online or contact our office for assistance.”

“I’m proud that we were able to bring these important services directly to our constituents in Bucks County,” said Hogan. “When my colleagues and I began developing this event, we wanted something new that would bring value to our neighbors. But never did I think we would help recover over $200,000 of their own money. I want to thank Treasurer Garrity for participating and am looking forward to welcoming her back to Bucks in the near future.”

“Unclaimed property represents more than just forgotten or lost belongings, and returning it to the rightful owners is critical for the state to maintain accountability and responsibility,” said Marcell. “I want to thank the Pennsylvania Treasury for committing resources and tools to unite the local community with their personal property.”

“As my colleagues said, I would just like to thank Treasurer Garrity for coming down to Bucks County,” said Tomlinson. “Not only was this well attended, but also successful given the fact that we were able to find $200,000 in unclaimed property for our constituents. If you couldn’t make it, we offer these services in our office on a regular basis, but it was great to work as a team.”

Unclaimed property can include things like dormant bank accounts, uncashed checks, forgotten stocks, insurance policies and tangible property, like contents of abandoned safe deposit boxes. State law requires businesses to report unclaimed property to Treasury after three years of dormancy.

Treasury’s outreach team, which travels statewide, also shared information about the PA 529 College and Career Savings Program and PA ABLE at the State Services Day events. The Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs and SEPTA were on hand as well, providing information and assistance to attendees.

Treasury returned a record-breaking $273.7 million during fiscal year 2022-23, which ended on June 30. The average value of a claim is $1,600.

To search for unclaimed property, visit patreasury.gov/unclaimed-property, call 800-222-2046 or contact:

– Sen. Farry, 215-638-1784
– Rep. Marcell, 215-364-3414
– Rep. Hogan, 215-752-6750
– Rep. Tomlinson, 215-750-1017

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