Pulse: Other People’s Money


The Pennsylvania Treasury Department is currently holding around $1 billion in unclaimed cash and property. While the state is supposed to make some effort to find the rightful owners, it obviously hasn’t been trying very hard. A surprising number of folks owed money are not particularly reclusive:

Who: Mayor John Street

What he’s got coming: A life insurance rebate check. (The state doesn’t release specific values.)

What he’ll do with it: Download gospel songs from iTunes.

What he should do with it: Pay Milton to not run for state rep.

Who: Action News weather-babe Cecily Tynan

What she’s got coming: A refund from the Tredyffrin/Easttown School District.

What she’ll do with it: Buy some new running shoes.

What she should do with it: Buy My First Doppler for baby Luke.

Who: Ubiquitous DJ Jerry Blavat

What he’s got coming: An insurance claim check.

What he’ll do with it: Buy rare 45s off eBay.

What he should do with it: Score some Valium to calm him down a bit.

Who: Criminal defense attorney Chuck Peruto Jr.

What he’s got coming: More than $100 from DaimlerChrysler.

What he’ll do with it: Buy a round of drinks.

What he should do with it: Buy some sunblock.

To see if you’re entitled to any of the $1 billion, visit phillymag.com.