Unclaimed property could be yours

Posted at 6:30 PM, May 20, 2013
and last updated 2013-05-20 18:30:00-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL)--Could you be the owner of cash, jewelry and other high end valuables, and not even know it?

You very well could be.

Willie Davis is thrilled to know the Burger King he manages could soon have some extra cash. He says he'd use it to give back to his employees.

"If we could give back to the crew at this store, it would be great, maybe have a party or something because they work real hard," said Davis.

Quincy's Burger King is one of thousands of accounts listed as having unclaimed property in our viewing area.

"That's very exciting news to me," said Davis. "I'm going to look into it and more about it."

We talked with Harvest Printing company in Tallahassee that's owed more than $2,000.

"I definitely could use it to pay bills," said owner Miguel Jimenez.

It's not just businesses. It's individuals that could really cash in. More than a billion dollars in unclaimed cash and property is available in Florida. It lies inside this secret vault.

"If you have money coming to you from a commercial entity that is your money and it belongs to you," said Walter Graham, the chief of the Bureau of Unclaimed Property.

Walter Graham has worked with the bureau for 10 years.

"A single claim to one individual which was $3.9 million, that's the highest we've paid since I've been here," said Graham.

Maybe you forgot to cash a check. Maybe your parents passed away who have assets in Florida you did not know about. You might be able to claim it.

So how do you get what you're owed? All you have to do is go to and search the database for yourself or your loved ones. if you see you have an account you can fill it a form out and send it in.

After all you could strike it big or at least having a little extra cash in your pocket.