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Looking for money? Search this state website

When businesses including banks or even health insurance companies can't successfully return money to people, they send it to the state.

FISHERS, Ind — It was a pleasant surprise Raquel Garcia wasn't expecting.

"I was just, like, shocked," Garcia said.

Shocked because she found a little more than $4,300 just waiting for her to claim.

"One of my coworkers suggested I go on this site, and said that he had found some money," Garcia recalled.

The web site is www.IndianaUnclaimed.gov, a state-run website where people can search for their unclaimed funds.

When businesses, including banks or even health insurance companies can't successfully return money to people, they send it to the state.

"I was in the hospital in 2005. And I think it was some overpayment from that," Garcia said.

With her newfound funds, she headed to spring training to watch the Chicago Cubs.

"I had a good time because I had extra money to spend," Garcia laughed.

Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita wishes more people would take their money off his hands.

"We keep it for 25 years. And if no one claims it, then it goes to – guess who? The state, and I don't want that to happen," Rokita said.

That's why the Indiana Attorney General's office set up a booth in the Expo Hall at the Indiana State Fair, so people walking by can do a quick search.

"There's nothing that puts a smile on our face more than putting a smile on your face," Rokita said.

Beware of websites offering to provide the unclaimed search for a fee. The official government site, www.indianaunclaimed.gov, will not charge you to return your own money.