Teresa Tran: Orlando woman receives $40K check of unclaimed money

(WESH/NBC NEWSCHANNEL) An Orlando woman received a big check because of unclaimed property that she didn't even know existed.

Florida's Bureau of Unclaimed Property gave Teresa Tran, 26, a check for over $40,000 on Thursday.

Tran's mother had started two different mutual funds in Tran's name that amassed to $40,581.50. The state took custody of the money after it was untouched for at least three years.

"I'm giving this all to my mother. I'm not taking a penny, I'm giving it all to her," said Tran.

"We came from Vietnam with nothing, we're a tight-knit family, so we've always tried to support each other and that's the beauty of being in the States that we're able to do that and we're able to live this American dream in a sense," she added.

Officials said there are millions of other people like Tran all across Florida who have money sitting in the bureau. Some have money that has been there since the 1960s.

In the past fiscal year, the division has taken in nearly $400 million and has returned about 60 percent of that money to its rightful owners or the owners’ heirs.

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