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Kansas unclaimed property returns setting records

A lot of other Kansans these days are going to and finding out that the state is holding money in their name.

Maybe it was an old apartment deposit, and the landlord didn’t have a forwarding addess. Or someone made a utility payment unnecessarily, and the utility didn’t know where to send the refund.

It happens.

These days, state Treasurer Dennis McKinney reports, the state is holding $200 million in unclaimed property.

So far this year, the state already has set records in both the number of claims paid and the amount of money re-turned, McKinney said in an interview. The sour economy might have something to do with that.

McKinney wants the money in the hands of consumers.

“We want the money out there creating business,” he said.

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