5 On Your Side

Wake Woman Reunited With 'Missing' Money

Posted May 22, 2007

— Millions of dollars are currently sitting in North Carolina's unclaimed property account waiting for the rightful owners to claim it. One woman is the latest recipient of finding missing money.

Sharon and Allan Belrose love to sing. The couple often volunteers their time singing at nursing homes, but Allan's guitar is not in great shape. It's actually bolted together. With a limited income, they said they struggled to pay what they already owe.

"I cried because my husband is physically disabled and I'm physically disabled so I'm the only one who can work," Sharon said.

The tears came in September when Sharon got a letter saying she was owed about $4,800 from an old account. She called the company and was told the money was already transferred to North Carolina's Unclaimed Property office. So, Sharon called the state, where an operator told her they did not have any record of receiving the money.

Sharon said she kept checking, but to no avail. Finally, she called Five On Your Side, who learned her money listed under a previous last name.

Two weeks later, a check for $4798.96 arrived at her door.

"I said, 'Oh, my God, it's here. This is it, and I opened it up and I just cried. I just cried. That's all I could do," Sharon said. "I just said, 'Thank you, God' and that was it. It's just wonderful.

"(It's) just wonderful because it will help us so much. It may not be much for a lot of people, but it is for us," Sharon said.

Belrose was lucky that she at least got a letter from the company holding the money. Often, that doesn't happen. Plus, the company may not have a current address. It's a good reminder to check the Unclaimed Property Web site periodically and to check your maiden name or any previous names you may have had. You should also check for misspelled names.


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  • At Work May 24, 2007

    I agree with another reader my mom is owed about a hundred dollars from the phone company back in the early 90's but because she has no proof of living in sc at that address she cant claim it.

  • jchelpus May 24, 2007

    I am more than excited to read happy stories like this one. Life is good when the unexpected brings you through. I wish them the best of luck in their many endeavors.

  • FE May 23, 2007

    jgreene: I have an out-of-state friend with an usual name whose name was on the list and I recognized it. He has not lived in NC for more than 15 years. (The state site only had a post office address for him.) He provided a photocopy of a VERY old NC driver's license and received his money shortly thereafter. Social Security records are more or less irrelevant, but income tax or property tax records may help you.

  • clickclackity2 May 23, 2007

    Finally...a happy story.

  • jgreene64 May 23, 2007

    I have two accounts owed me and the treasurer's office will not turn the money over because I cannot show proof of residency dating back to 1985 and 1993 when I was young, single, wild, and less likely to keep records of such things. You'd think social security numbers would be adequate but apparently not.

  • I just care May 23, 2007

    See, There is a reason for everything!!!!! God knows they needed this money.

  • rainy39 May 22, 2007

    After reading this article, I went to the site and LOL my fiance's name is on there. He was pleasantly surprised and will be checking in on it tomorrow..LOL

  • stoney May 22, 2007

    wonder why interest wasn't added also?

  • PrayerWorks May 22, 2007

    God is a prayer answering God and he is always on time! He is worthy of all praises, it's no such thing as lucky, it is blessed.

  • 2 May 22, 2007

    I feel bad.. just realized there was a link beside the article, just not in the article.