State looks to connect people, $300M that belongs to them

IN THE VAULT: Treasurer Seth Magaziner, with Lammis Vargas, director of the Unclaimed Property Division of Rhode Island, inside a vault with various items that ended up being unclaimed from bank safe-deposit boxes. / PBN PHOTO/­MICHAEL SALERNO
IN THE VAULT: Treasurer Seth Magaziner, with Lammis Vargas, director of the Unclaimed Property Division of Rhode Island, inside a vault with various items that ended up being unclaimed from bank safe-deposit boxes. / PBN PHOTO/­MICHAEL SALERNO
For many years, state governments in the United States have published websites linked to databases of names and addresses, spreading the word that they’re holding tens of millions of dollars in unclaimed property, ranging from uncashed checks to insurance payments. Before the internet, the long lists of unclaimed property owners were published in newspapers. But…
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