Kansas expected to receive more than $1.78 million in unclaimed property following Supreme Court decision in MoneyGram case

TOPEKA – (February 28, 2023) – Kansans who purchased certain financial instruments from MoneyGram that were never cashed will soon be able to claim those through the Kansas unclaimed property program, following a ruling today by the U.S. Supreme Court, Kansas State Treasurer Steven Johnson said.

In a unanimous opinion issued today by Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson, the Court found that “Agent Checks” and “Teller’s Checks” issued by MoneyGram fall under the federal Disposition of Abandoned Money Orders and Traveler’s Checks Act, and when left unclaimed must be remitted to the unclaimed property systems of the state in which they are purchased. MoneyGram and the State of Delaware had argued that these instruments did not fall under that act, and the company had been remitting the unclaimed payments to the State of Delaware, where it is incorporated.

“This ruling is a win for Kansans whose unclaimed checks were being improperly held in the Delaware unclaimed property system,” Johnson said. “We will work to ensure this unclaimed property is promptly transferred to the State of Kansas and begin the work of returning that money to Kansans.”

Kansas was one of more than 20 states that filed the original action case against the State of Delaware in 2016 seeking the return of the funds. The case was originally filed by former Attorney General Derek Schmidt with the support of former State Treasurer Ron Estes. The attorney general’s office represented Kansas in the briefing on the case.

“This is a win for Kansans in two ways,” Kansas Solicitor General Anthony Powell said. “First, it vindicates the state treasurer’s unclaimed property program. And more importantly, it makes it easier for Kansans to claim their money in certain instances.”

A 2016 estimate determined that Delaware was holding more than $1.78 million in uncashed MoneyGram checks that were purchased in Kansas. The Court has ordered the case back to a Special Master to implement its ruling, including determining the exact amounts owed to each state.

The U.S. Supreme Court’s opinion is available at https://bit.ly/3IXJvkP.

Derek Nester
Derek Nesterhttp://www.sunflowerstateradio.com
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2020 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.


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