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Unclaimed money: Woman gets record $6.1 million

Unclaimed money goes to anonymous Kansas City woman for a lost security. The sum is the single largest return of unclaimed money in Missouri's history.

By Associated Press / December 15, 2011

Steven Grossman, Massachusetts' state treasurer, holds a jewel-encrusted tiger pin at the Statehouse in Boston in October. The pin is one of the more unusual items of unclaimed property that the state planned to auction on eBay. On Dec. 14, 2011, Missouri said it had returned $6.1 million to a woman in the Kansas City area: unclaimed money from a lost security.

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The Missouri state treasurer has returned $6.1 million in unclaimed property to a woman in the Kansas City area, the largest single return in state history to a business or individual.

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Treasurer Clint Zweifel's office said Wednesday the property consists of a single security and was returned to the woman in November. Securities are such assets as bonds and stocks.

The woman's name and other details were withheld for privacy reasons.

Zweifel's office says it also returned $100,000 in unclaimed property recently to a St. Joseph man, consisting of 15 different securities accounts.

Earlier this year, Zweifel's office returned $1.4 million in unclaimed property to an employer in the St. Louis area. That account was made up of more than 260 individual securities accounts.

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