State comptroller wants to find owners for $12 billion in unclaimed funds

State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli gave a check of unclaimed fund to the Staten Island Zoo. (Credit: Comptroller's Office)
State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli gave a check of unclaimed funds to the Staten Island Zoo. (Credit: Comptroller’s Office)

The state is trying to get rid of $12 billion.

State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli is on a mission to find the owners of $12 billion in unclaimed money.

And $52 million of that is on Staten Island, DiNapli said Thursday in a trip to the Staten Island Zoo, where he delivered a check for $4,764 in unclaimed funds.

The money is free to claim, but it has been difficult to locate the owners, DiNapoli said.

The cash comes from inactive accounts that banks, insurance companies and other businesses are required by law to surrender to the state.

These unclaimed funds are held by the comptroller’s office until people can prove they are entitled to the cash.

To see if you are one of the people entitled to the $12 billion pool of cash, click here. 


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