CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Everyone knows what Valentine’s Day is about – love, romance, flowers and a lot of giddy sentiment.
West Virginia State Treasurer John Perdue urges those spending the day alone not to despair, particularly if you’re going solo; you’re due unclaimed property; and your name has something to do with the occasion.
“We thought we might brighten the days of a few people – attached or not – who have both Valentine-themed names and unclaimed property coming to them,” the Treasurer said. “By no means is this a complete list of rightful owners but a fun attempt at bringing two loves together – the romantic variety and that never-ending fondness for money.”
In that vein, the Treasurer’s Office lists the following cupid-themed people as rightful owners of unclaimed property:
- Jean Valentine McLerran – Morgantown
- Valentine Kaszuba – Hurricane
- Barbara Valentine – Kincaid
- Charles Valentine – Parkersburg
- James E. Valentine – West Milford
- William Love – Berkeley Springs
- Francis J. Love – Wheeling
- Mary Love – Scott Depot
- HeartBeat Tours – Charleston
- Heart Savers EMC – Huntington
- Heart Center PLLC – Lewisburg
- Edward E. Rose – Huntington
- Ann C. Rose – Wheeling
- J.D. Candy – Coal City
“This is obviously a lighthearted attempt to get in the Valentine’s Day spirit but it’s also another effort on our part to bring awareness to our unclaimed property program,” Treasurer Perdue said. “We have returned $47 million to rightful owners over the past five years and are looking to reunite more people with their lost possessions.”
The Treasurer urges anyone whose name is listed here or those simply curious to go to www.wvtreasury.com. There one may fill out an entirely electronic claim, provided identity verification and the type of claim to be processed. Those who prefer a personal contact may call 1-800-642-8687.
Unclaimed property is any asset from which an individual has been unintentionally separated. Examples are contents of abandoned safe deposit boxes; left-behind forgotten utility deposits; stock dividends left uncashed; and matured insurance policies never redeemed.
“So again, on Valentine’s Day or any another time, West Virginia residents should feel free to search our database or give us a call,” the Treasurer said. “Unclaimed property is the people’s money and we want to return it to them.”