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Glendale seeks rightful owners of $280,000 in uncashed checks

September 20, 2011 |  9:22 am

There's about $280,000 in unclaimed checks sitting around in Glendale right now, and if the owners don't come forward to claim their loot soon, they're going to lose it.

City officials recently posted the list of 1,510 unclaimed checks on its website to reach the owners.

"The money has always been sitting there, it’s not ours," city spokesman Tom Lorenz told the Glendale News-Press in an email. "It’s encumbered to these parties."

There currently is no deadline to claim the money, but the city plans to post an official public notice about the unclaimed checks that will include a deadline, Lorenz added.

State law allows agencies to transfer unclaimed payouts to their general funds — which pay for most public services and operations — once the checks are three or more years past their issue date.

Some of the checks were never picked up at City Hall and others were mailed to the recipient but never cashed.

The amounts of the checks range from about $50 to $17,457.20, an amount owed to Mervyns LLC from a business lighting fund connected to Glendale Water & Power.

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-- Brittany Levine, Times Community News

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