Imagine having a ton of money sitting in a bank that belongs to you and you have no idea it's there.
It was no dream for one person here in Eastern Carolina.
You might want to ask yourself when is the last time you checked the North Carolina Unclaimed Property List.
It turns out there are one million properties in their database and with eight million North Carolinians you have a 1 in 8 chance of finding your name.
That was the story of Bernard Rogers. He's been taking care of the grounds for Pitt County Schools for about 13 years.
He's a guy that doesn't like to move much. Rogers has been at his home in Ayden since 1979.
Rogers filed a claim against his former insurance company Aflac some years back. He said when he got no response he thought his claim didn't go through. But that wasn't exactly the case.
The town of Ayden completed the E911 system in 2000.
Some addresses had to be changed so every emergency response unit in Pitt County were all working with the same address's.
After the system was completed, Rogers address changed from 1809 Johnson Circle to 4508 Johnson Circle. Town officials say residents had one year to get all their mail forwarded. It's not clear when Rogers forwarded his mail.
WITN surprised Rogers at work and told him his name was on the Unclaimed Property List and he was owed at least $5,000. Rogers response, "five-thousand dollars. I could sure use it."
It turns out Rogers is not alone. In the old vault at the Treasure's office we found things like jewelry, rings, coin collections, silverware, a three and dollar bill among others. There is over 600 million dollars on the NC Unclaimed Property List waiting to be returned.
State Treasurer Janet Cowell says, " in the unclaimed lock box we find love letters, gold coins, teeth you name it."
We joined him about two weeks later when the check arrived in the mail. Rogers had received a check for over twenty-thousand dollars.
The North Carolina State treasurer gives out nearly $2.5 million dollars per month to the rightful owners.
The interest earned on the funds goes to the state educational assistance authority in the form of grants, loans and scholarships to North Carolina college students attending public universities and community colleges.
In 2008, the Unclaimed Property program assisted over 70 thousand students.
Below is a list of the amount of unclaimed property money in each county:
Halifax - $825,000
Nash - $1,100,000
Dare - $700,000
Carteret County - $1,200,000
Bertie County - $200,000
Martin County - $498,000
Green County - $177,000
Lenoir County - $900,000
Duplin County - $600,000
Jones County - $136,000
Pamlico County - $115,000
Hyde County - $50,000
Tyrrell County - $15,000
Washington County - $175,000
Edgecombe County - $850,000
Wayne County - $1,700,000
Beaufort - $800,000
Onslow - $3,400,000
Pitt - $2,900,000
Craven - $1,700,000
These numbers were made available by the North Carolina State Treasurer Janet Cowell.
If you would like to find out if you have money owed to you click on to the website link below.
On this website there is also a link to a national database so you can check unclaimed property lists in other states.
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