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Federal Edict Upholds Delaware Unclaimed Property Practice

Posted: Feb 26, 2018 9:22 AM Updated:

DOVER, Del. (AP)- A recent federal ruling upholds Delaware's unclaimed property practice.

Delaware is allowed to continue digging through companies' records to find unclaimed property. The "escheat" practice works by allowing the government of the state a company is based in to claim uncollected property that's owed to the company after a set period. The property can range from gift cards to stock dividends. The practice added $554 million to the state's revenue last year.

The U.S. Appeals Court in Philadelphia has ruled Delaware can audit out-of-subsidiary books of state-based companies. But the practice's future remains uncertain as a whistleblower case accusing dozens of retailers of scheming to deprive the state of unclaimed property is still pending.

State escheator Brenda R. Mayrack declined a member of the Associated Press' request for comment.

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