Treasury uncovers $31 million for insurance beneficiaries
Baton Rouge - Audits of life insurance company policies have uncovered more than $31 million in Unclaimed Property for beneficiaries in the past eight years, State Treasurer John Kennedy announced Tuesday.
"We compared the outstanding policies of a dozen insurance companies with the Social Security Death Master File (DMF)," Treasurer Kennedy said. "By making these comparisons, we were able to return money to Louisianians who did not realize they were in line for money from insurance policies. We cannot bring back their loved ones, but we can make sure insurance proceeds are distributed as intended."
The Louisiana Department of the Treasury works with Versus Financial LLC to conduct the audits. The audits are necessary because families often are unaware that an insurance policy exists. Unless an insurance company makes an effort to locate beneficiaries or heirs, the benefit would not be paid without the audits.
"My staff just spoke to a widow who tried talking to the insurance company after her husband died and gave up because they were so difficult. Our audits uncovered her husband's policy. We're writing her a check for more than $500,000," Treasurer Kennedy said.
The audits are just one component of the Unclaimed Property Program. Since 1972, the Unclaimed Property Program has returned more than $338 million to nearly 570,000 Louisiana citizens.
Treasurer Kennedy encourages Louisiana residents to search for missing money online at http://www.treasury.state.la.us/Home%20Pages/UnclaimedProperty.aspx or call the Treasury's toll-free hotline at 1-888-925-4127 (Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.).
Posted on Tue, January 20, 2015
by The Lafourche Gazette