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The Arlington treasurer’s office plans to invite state-government officials back in 2019 to help local residents hunt for unclaimed financial booty.

Personnel from the Virginia Department of the Treasury were on hand Oct. 4-5 to interact with the roughly 2,000 local residents who headed to the Ellen M. Bozman Government Center to pay their real-estate and personal-property taxes before the deadline.

“Our visitors [from the state government] were a big hit,” Treasurer Carla de la Pava said. “There were 350 people who stopped to see if they had any funds with Virginia that they didn’t know about, and more than 50 percent of them did.”

The final total of unclaimed funds that found a home was just over $68,000. One person was owed more than $10,000.

Funds being held by the state government range from unpaid wages and unclaimed insurance policies and bank accounts to utility deposits. There is more than $2 billion being held by the state government. (For full details, see the Website at https://www.VaMoneySearch.org/.)

According to the treasurer’s office, since the unclaimed-property program began in 1961, more than $760 million has been paid out to Virginia residents. There is no statute of limitations on claims.

De la Pava said state officials have been invited to share booth space with her office at the 2019 Arlington County Fair in August, and will be on hand again when the early-October tax deadline rolls around.

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