By NICK GOSNELL
HUTCHINSON, Kan. — Kansas State Treasurer Lynn Rogers said his office has had quite a bit of success at the State Fair so far in getting people their unclaimed property.
"I think we've done almost 500 searches for people as they walk by the booth," Rogers said. "We're in the Meadowlark Building. We've found almost $220,000 unclaimed property for people and we want to get that back to them."
Unclaimed property can take a lot of different routes to get to the State Treasurer.
"Unclaimed property is really money that has been left idle in a bank account in stocks and bonds. It could be safe deposit contents. It could even be things such as a final paycheck that didn't get sent at the right place, a refund or a rebate, some debit cards as well, if they've been registered. After a certain period of time, usually a year for checks and five years for bank accounts, it gets sent to us. We hold it in a trust until we can find the owner. We have about $400 million of Kansans money that we'd like to return to them."
The agency has returned almost $17 million just since Rogers was appointed to the post this past January.
Below is the full interview with Rogers...