Does California Have Money With Your Name On It?

Check to see if you have money, diamonds or canned meats that you didn't know you had lost.

Are you missing some money or maybe a bag of loose diamonds? Or how about an old can of sardines? If so, California Controller John Chiang's office wants you to claim them. In fact, $6 billion in unclaimed property and cash has been turned in to the controller's office.

The Caliornia State Controller's website states that "California's Unclaimed Property Law requires corporations, businesses, associations, financial institutions, and insurance companies (referred to as 'Holders') to annually report and deliver property to the California State Controller's Office after there has been no activity on the account or contact with the owner for a period of time specified in the law."

According to the State of California, the most common types of unclaimed property includes bank accounts, estates, certificated of deposits, stocks or uncashed cashier's checks or money orders.

The website also includes photos of "unusual unclaimed property" items like a signed photo of Neil Armstrong, gold bars, jewelry, a police badge collection and an old can of sardines.

Anyone can search the state's database. Click here to see if you have unclaimed property.

Tell us in comments: Did you recover any of your property or money using the state website? Are the diamonds or sardines yours? If so, we want a pic!

Michelle Kye February 11, 2013 at 05:32 PM
This story was in the local newspapers a week ago...there is no reason to present it in this forum. The Benicia Patch is not competing with the San Francisco Chronicle; what we need in the patch is local news that the larger papers are not covering. Local stories, local angels, interviews with local people.
Roy February 11, 2013 at 09:39 PM
Like when a Murdering Rapist lives in our neighborhood be informed know who your neighbors are http://mylifeofcrime.wordpress.com/2011/04/24/serial-killers-gerald-and-charlene-gallego/#comment-417720
TheRealBigCouchPotato February 13, 2013 at 06:51 AM
My name is on the three dollar bill....
Richard Bortolazzo February 13, 2013 at 03:51 PM
Apparently, Countrywide Homes Loans, Inc. does. $900 to be exact. I get a letter from our California State Controller telling me so. Countrywide is Bank of America now (So Sorry). I guess the Controller wants to preempt Bank of America from sending the State of the money, trying to eliminate more State accounting. . So, I call B/A, and they tell me the letter is fraudulent. And there is no such account. So now, I am going to call the State Controller. Stay tuned.


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