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Trash & treasure

State agency collects, returns abandoned property

11:29 AM, Feb. 10, 2013
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Safely guarded in a secure state of Wisconsin vault is someone's g-string made with fake pearls.

That undergarment is one of scores of missing and forgotten items held by the state Treasurer's Office in Madison.

One of the few duties this agency has is to collect and return certain kinds of lost or abandoned property to its rightful owners. The agency stores various kinds of unclaimed funds that aren't held in safe deposit boxes, like forgotten bank accounts, stocks or life insurance policies. In all, it returned more than $35 million of unclaimed property last year. ...

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