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ABC's Good Morning America Features West Virginia's Unclaimed Property Program 
West Virginia State Treasurer John D. Perdue
(right) presents an unclaimed property check to
Vickie Shaluta and her husband Steve (left).


CHARLESTON – The ABC News program “Good Morning America” kicked off its new series “Show Me the Money” by teaming up with West Virginia State Treasurer John D. Perdue for an unclaimed property check presentation.

The consumer news segment, which aired this morning on GMA, featured Treasurer Perdue presenting an unclaimed property check in the amount of $14,876.55 to St. Albans resident, Vickie Shaluta. Good Morning America Consumer Correspondent Elisabeth Leamy accompanied the Treasurer for the presentation at Shaluta’s home last month.  

The money presented to Shaluta originated from an inactive certificate of deposit (CD) account owned by her late mother, Lenora Adkins. Adkins passed away last July at the age 83.

“It’s like a gift from mom. That’s exactly how I feel about it,” said Shaluta.

Shaluta’s extended family, including her grandchildren, gathered for the check presentation. During the visit, Shaluta told Treasurer Perdue she might use the money for a vacation.

“I think they are thinking family vacation,” she said, referring to her family members.

West Virginia traditionally ranks among the nation’s leaders in efforts to return unclaimed property.

“It’s about helping West Virginians. We want to return this money to the rightful owners,” said Treasurer Perdue.

Unclaimed property is any financial asset or property that has not been claimed by its owner or has not had any owner-generated activity during a specific time prescribed by state code. Examples of unclaimed property are not limited to but include: forgotten utility deposits; stock dividends left unredeemed; inactive bank accounts; and/or safe deposit box contents.

“People often become separated from their money or property through unpredictable circumstances. One of the most pleasurable tasks in our office is finding the rightful owners of unclaimed property and returning it to them. We encourage people to use our website to perform a free search,” said Treasurer Perdue.

The West Virginia Unclaimed Property Division currently holds more than 884,000 accounts worth approximately $159 million dollars. For more information on West Virginia’s Unclaimed Property Division or to file an unclaimed property claim you can CLICK HERE.