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WMAR: Maryland Comptroller working to reunite you with your money

BALTIMORE (WMAR) - In a take on "Taken," Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot shows off his certain set of skills - reuniting people with their money.

Franchot, who portrays Liam Neeson, tells the mysterious caller that he will find the caller and return any unclaimed money to him.

The annual spoof serves as an awareness campaign for the unclaimed property list.

Thousands of unclaimed accounts are sent to the state every year. They come from banks and businesses who are unable to track down the owners of safe deposit boxes or check recipients. Some of the items include jewelry, coins, and other collectibles.

If the owner doesn't come forward, the Comptroller's Office will auction off items on their eBay account but hold onto the debt in perpetuity.

Currently, the agency has more than 1.3 million accounts worth more than $1.6 billion.

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