State site helps in hunt for funds
- By Matt Caterinicchia
- Jul 03, 2002
The Louisiana Department of the Treasury launched an e-government application
last month designed to help constituents find, trace and recover unclaimed
DynTek's Unclaimed Property application enables present and former citizens
of Louisiana to inquire online about missing or unclaimed property funds
owed to them by the state. Unclaimed property includes payroll checks, checking
and saving accounts, royalties, utility deposits, dividends, interest, stock
certificates and life insurance proceeds.
Benny Spann, the director of unclaimed property for Louisiana, believes
that the new application is a great public service to those who may have
unclaimed property in Louisiana.
"We want to make it easier for the public to find out if they have unclaimed
property, and at the same time cut them a check as quickly as possible,"
he said. He also said that the online forms saved people time, compared
with the old paper-based system, which could take several weeks to process.
The searchable unclaimed property database is available via the department's
Web site (www.treasury.state.la.us) and
is accessible by anyone with an Internet connection. No password is needed
to gain access to the site.
According to Denise Schlumbrecht, the regional sales manager for DynTek,
people are able to query the data by last name. "If they have a claim, they
fill out online forms and submit them," she said. For security purposes,
those who cannot scan their licenses and submit them via the Web must go
to the state treasury department to claim their check.
As a result of online inquiries and claims, the state has returned over
$2.1 million to citizens. That is more than double the amount of money returned
through mail-in claims.
The application was funded by Louisiana for less than $50,000.