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TREASURE HUNT: Thanks To Program, Church Receives Money

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An Iowa church is benefitting from the Great Iowa Treasure Hunt.

Tuesday, State Treasurer Michael Fitzgerald presented the First United Methodist Church in Independence with a check for more than $3,500. The money comes from the estate of a member of the church.

The money was found using the Great Iowa Treasure Hunt, a program designed to return unclaimed property to its rightful owners. The program often deals with forgotten savings and checking accounts, uncashed insurance benefit and payroll checks, and safety deposit boxes.

“There are many ways that we work to get money back to the rightful owners. In this case, when the money came to the Great Iowa Treasure Hunt, because the individual willed her estate to the church, they were able to claim it,” says Fitzgerald.

More than $167 million in unclaimed property has been returned since the program began in 1983.

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