Hamilton Co. finds nearly $700K from unclaimed court case funds

Hamilton Co. finds nearly $700,000 from closed court cases

CINCINNATI (FOX19) - Hamilton County has nearly $700,000 in new funds to help with its bottom line.

The revenue comes from funds that were never claimed after court cases ended, Hamilton County Clerk of Courts Aftab Pureval and Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters said Wednesday.

The Ohio Revised Code provides a way for governments to collect this unclaimed money and return it to the General Fund.

The Clerk’s office tracked down 1,038 cases that were concluded, inactive for five years or more, and carried a balance.

The total amount left unclaimed from the cases was $681,219.

“We found a staggering number of them. One of the cases alone had $17,000 just sitting there. And the oldest case was from 1981,” Pureval said.

The list of cases was given to the prosecutor’s office to investigate to make sure they were eligible for collection.

"They checked over 220,000 different cases, individually, to identify funds we could get. They did a great job,” Deters said.

The cases the unclaimed money came from were civil and many involved garnishments.

The county says the unclaimed funds will help with the 2019 budget.

“This is great news and every bit helps. We appreciate the diligence of the Clerk and the Prosecutor on this. While we still have a budget deficit for next year of $20-30 Million in 2020, this will help balance our 2019 budget,” Jeff Alutto, Hamilton County Administrator, said.

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