This past August The Linfield Review received a letter alerting it of the need to respond by a certain date to claim money dating all the way back to 2008.
Brad Thompson, associate professor of mass communication, went onto the state’s website to collect the unclaimed money.
While on the website, Thompson searched for Linfield’s name and two from the Mass Communication department, along with six other checks, appeared.
According to Greg Copeland, director of budget and financial analysis, the money being held by the state are funds sent to specific departments.
However, these funds did not make it to the cashier’s office for deposit.
The amount of each check varies anywhere from less than $50 to more than $100, and the dates reported range from 2006 to 2010.
“We do not know what the funds are for specifically, [we] just know that they were put into the system for Linfield College,” Copeland said.
Linfield also turns money over to the state, and only after attempting to find the party, that the college also owes funds.
According to Copeland, Linfield doesn’t check for funds owed to it very often because Linfield is always available for others to contact, and therefore it is “unusual for funds to get to the state in the first place.”
“We are currently in the process of working with the state to gain access to the funds, but the state makes it a difficult process to get your funds if they are for a corporation like Linfield,” Copeland said.
To receive these unclaimed checks, many forms must be completed with the appropriate signatures, which include notaries, board secretary, etc.
To check for unclaimed checks, go to www.oregon.gov and create an account and search for any past organizations or businesses that may have given money to the state for one to claim.
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