Ramona Sentinel: Senator's team helps seniors recover money

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

This article was originally published in Ramona Sentinel on October 2, and you can find it here:
http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/ramona-sentinel/news/events/sd-cm-ram-anderson-unclaimed-property-20181002-story.html.

Eight representatives from State Sen. Joel Anderson’s El Cajon district office hosted an unclaimed property search event at Ramona Senior Center recently. The team handled 30 cases and found approximately $70,000 that would be returned to its rightful owners.

This event was a part of Anderson’s constituent services program that aims to help people find forgotten or lost property held by the state that they could claim.

When holders of property such as banks or other corporations have not had contact with a customer in over three years, they surrender the funds to the California State Controller’s Office, which holds onto them until they are claimed.

More than 40 senior citizens attended the event in Ramona to potentially locate unclaimed property for themselves and their families. Over three hours, Anderson’s staff helped them recover every possible amount of property from the California State Controller’s unclaimed property database.

Anderson said providing constituent services is vital as it promotes government accountability and allows citizens to make their government work for them.

“I understand that many people have busy lives and that it’s hard to spend extra time to search for things like unclaimed property and go through the Controller’s claims process,” he said. “I am glad to help Ramonans get their money back and hope that the people that weren’t able to make it to the event either reach out to my office or go to the Controller’s website to check if they are owed any money from the state.”

Persons who have an issue with a state agency or would like assistance in checking for unclaimed property may call Anderson’s El Cajon office at 619-596-3136, or email him at Senator.Anderson@sen.ca.gov.