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Posted by: aleck 10:45 am EDT 10/21/20

What do these people have in common?

Denzel Washington, Helen Mirren, Daniel Craig, Jonathan Pryce, Nathan Lane, Walter Bobbie, Adam Driver, Keri Russell, Rob McClure, Yoko Ono, Bette Midler, Andrew Rannalls, Lucas Hedges, Elaine May, Liam Neeson, Zoe Kazan, Paul Dano, Vanessa Redgrave, Glenn Close, Rennee Fleming, Placido Domingo, David Hyde Pierce, Sutton Foster and Sean Hannity.

The answer: These people and many, many, many others have money sitting in New York State's Unclaimed Funds. When a company (like a production company) can't find someone they owe money to (like a performing artist) they send the money to that state fund. And there is sits until the intended recipient claims it. There is some $16 billion waiting to be claimed. And it's easy. See the link below. You just type in your name (or the names of others as I had done to see how many famous people can't be found) and if you are on the list you just fill out an on-line form to claim it. If everything matches up, they send you a check in a few weeks. I look every year for myself and others. Sometimes the money is a few dollars. Sometimes it's thousands. But why allow the state to hold on to anything? Even a dollar.

People in the entertainment field seem to be unusually highly represented on this list of money owed. Probably because they work for all kinds of different entities and assume that their agents or managers are keeping track of what is owed. Alas, no. It seems that the Walt Disney company is particularly challenged in finding the people they need to pay.

And it's not just the living, The dead are also owed money from these Unclaimed Fudns, including Carol Canning, Elaine Stritch (from Hermes), John McMartin, Roger Rees, Adolph Green and Phyllis Newman (although their living daughter Amanda is also on the list), Mary Rodgers Guettel (although her living son Adam is on the list) and Gwen Verdon (!).

After pumping in a bunch of names into the database, my favorite find was Ben Brantley being owned money by the New York Times. I guess they couldn't find him so they sent the money off to the state into a kind of dead letter depository for money. (Michael Reidel is also on the list, but the money he is owed is from his Daily News days and maybe the Daily News doesn't forward payments to the Post.)

The various Trump family members have dozens of entries for unclaimed funds. I'm not going to tell them. But I sure would like to know what Ivanka is owed by Tiffany's and Baccarat and why they couldn't find her and had to send the money to the state.

Anyway, check it out. You might be pleasantly surprised. In tough financial times like these, it's a good idea to look under every rock.

And Seth Rudestsky, would you please apply to the state to get that money from Hal Leonard you are owed.
Link See if the state is holding any money for you here. (You're welcome.)
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