Jimmy Patronis: More Than $25 Million in Unclaimed Property Returned to Floridians in December

At the end of last week, state Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis announced that more than $25 million in unclaimed property was returned to Floridians during the month of December 2021.

The Division of Unclaimed Property has returned more than $358 million to Floridians in 2021 and since Patronis took office in 2017, more than $1.5 billion has been returned to Floridians in unclaimed property.

“December was a big month for Florida as we returned more than $25 million back to Floridians and closed out a huge year with $358 million in unclaimed property returned in 2021. As we begin the new year, now is a great time to see if you or anyone you know has unclaimed property. As Florida’s CFO, I am committed to doing everything I can to financially help Floridians, and I’m looking forward to continuing to work hard and make 2022 a record-high year in returns. I encourage all Floridians to search now for unclaimed property at FLTreasureHunt.gov,” Patronis said.

Unclaimed property is a financial asset that is unknown or lost, or has been left inactive, unclaimed or abandoned by its owner. The most common types of unclaimed property are dormant bank accounts, unclaimed insurance proceeds, stocks, dividends, uncashed checks, deposits, credit balances and refunds. Unclaimed property also includes contents from abandoned safe deposit boxes in financial institutions. Unclaimed property assets are held by business or government entities (holders) for a set period of time, usually five years. If the holder is unable to locate, re-establish contact with the owner and return the asset, it is reported and remitted to the Florida Department of Financial Services, Division of Unclaimed Property. To search for unclaimed property or to claim an account, go online to FLTreasureHunt.gov.

December 2021 Unclaimed Property Returns by

• Pensacola – $582,000

• Panama City – $328,300

• Tallahassee – $1 million

• Jacksonville – $1.4 million

• Gainesville – $328,000

• Orlando – $4 million

• Tampa/St. Pete – $6.4 million

• Fort Myers/Naples – $1.2 million

• West Palm Beach – $2.6 million

• Miami – $7.4 million

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