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Bucks Controller seeks to return funds to rightful owners through Unclaimed Funds program

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Pamela Van Blunk, Bucks County Controller said that since the inception of the Bucks County Controller’s Unclaimed Funds program, the Controller has returned over $427,330 to the rightful owners.

In Bucks County, the Controller is in possession of unclaimed funds belonging to individuals and organizations doing business with or receiving services from the County. Unclaimed monies consist of checks that remain uncashed for a period of more than six months, usually resulting from warrants/checks that are returned as undeliverable by the postal service. Often the payee has moved and does not leave a forwarding address, or the forwarding address has expired.

In addition, warrants/checks may remain uncashed for any number of other reasons, including being destroyed or lost.

Van Blunk wants to return these unclaimed funds to the rightful owners. To see if you have any unclaimed funds, visit the website at https://www.buckscounty.gov/1731/Bucks-County-Controllers-Unclaimed-Funds and click on the “Unclaimed Funds Listing” link to search the list.

If Bucks County is holding your unclaimed funds, you will find the application and instructions on how to obtain your funds on the same webpage as the listing. Payees may claim their monies directly from the Controller’s office via U.S mail without any service charges or fees. Once the Controller’s office verifies your application and documentation, you will receive the funds in approximately 4-6 weeks.

At the bottom of the Controller’s Unclaimed Funds’ website, you will also find links to Pennsylvania Treasury’s Unclaimed Funds and a National Unclaimed Funds website.

Van Blunk started the Unclaimed Funds program in Bucks County just over a year ago, with the list of unclaimed funds going public on the Bucks County’s Controller’s website in September 2022. Since then, she has returned over $427,330 in unclaimed funds to the rightful owners.

As the fiscal watchdog of the county’s spending, the Bucks County Controller has many responsibilities including but not limited to maintaining the county’s financial records, preparing the annual financial report and processing and approving vendor invoices and payroll for over 2,500 employees.

For information, call 215-348-6435.


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