State Treasurer Riley Moore today announced he has named Laura Goins the new Deputy Treasurer for the Unclaimed Property Division of the State Treasurer’s Office.
“This critically important division is responsible for returning money and property to its rightful owners, and I know Laura will be able to manage it in a responsible and effective manner,” Treasurer Moore said.
Goins previously worked in private practice as an environmental, health, and safety attorney who helped businesses comply with state and federal regulations and permits, and respond to emerging policy issues.
She has also served as staff counsel to the state Senate Judiciary Committee and as assistant counsel at the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, where she represented the agency in a variety of matters relating to the state's water quality and permitting program, and participated in the drafting of regulatory and statutory environmental provisions for the State of West Virginia.
Unclaimed property can include financial accounts or items of value in which the owner has not initiated any activity for one year or longer. Common examples include unpaid life insurance benefits, forgotten bank accounts and unused rebate cards.
West Virginia’s unclaimed property laws protect the public by ensuring money and property owed to them is returned to them, rather than remaining permanently with financial institutions, business associations, governments and other entities. The Treasurer seeks to reunite the unclaimed property, including uncashed paychecks, stocks, or safe deposit box contents, with its owner.
West Virginians searching for lost financial assets can go to www.wvtreasury.com, then click on the large Unclaimed Property “Search” button to the right of the page under the heading, “Are We Holding Your Money?” In addition to finding property, the www.wvtreasury.com website will also help you track a claim.
A demonstration of how to use the Unclaimed Property search site is available on the Treasury’s YouTube page, at: https://youtu.be/K09yQ7YNKlE.