Is this money yours? Polk Co. releases list of unclaimed checks

POLK COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – Do you have money waiting for you?

“I work in a restaurant so it’s like that’s like finding a $10 on the floor,” Shelby Shorb joked.

“I checked it years ago and actually found several hundred dollars,” Denell Fields said.

More people could have money they did not know they had.

The Polk County Clerk of Courts has released a list of unclaimed funds. There are 51 unclaimed checks for $100 or more on the list this year.

“They may not be aware that there was an overpayment, or there was a restitution. It could’ve been the last payment, or maybe something from a cash bond,” Polk County Clerk of Courts Stacy Butterfield told News Channel 8.

The checks are from 2015, and were already mailed out, but for whatever reason, they weren’t cashed.

“These checks were mailed out in 2015 to these individuals. The check has been returned to us as undeliverable, or they have never been put in the bank as a cleared check,” Butterfield said.

Anyone who has unclaimed funds must contact the Clerk & Comptroller before September 1st or be forfeited.

“If they don’t claim the money by September 1, then the money is forfeited. That means it is put in the general fund to support the court operations,” Butterfield said.

Funds can be claimed by contacting Sherry Watkins at (863) 534-4491.

View the Unclaimed Funds list here.

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