According to LA Treasurer John Kennedy Louisiana citizens have more than $600 million in unclaimed property and this Saturday he will give Lafayette area residents to claim money that belongs to them.

Kennedy said,

This money belongs to the people, and the Legislature and I want to give it back to them. It only takes a few minutes to find out if you have money in the treasury, and it's a free service. You might find money to help pay your back-to-school shopping bills.

Kennedy's office says the average claim is $900 and usually includes old savings and checking accounts, payroll checks, CD's, stocks and dividends, insurance proceeds, oil and gas royalty payments, utility deposits and similar funds. The Unclaimed Property Program has returned more than nearly $338 million to nearly 570,000 Louisiana citizens.

The Unclaimed Property Event will be held Saturday in the Center Court of the Acadiana Mall from 10:00am until 3:00pm. People attending should bring a valid ID and Social Security cart. Retired or active military should bring military ID. Checks for claims will be mailed as soon after the event as possible.