Two of the more than 6,000 Californians whose bank accounts have gone unclaimed for more than seven years were particularly easy for the state to find: President Reagan and former Attorney General Edwin Meese III.
State Controller Gray Davis said Tuesday the state has returned $3,492 to Reagan from a dormant campaign fund account stemming from his eight years as governor of California.Meese, who served as Reagan's state legal affairs secretary in 1967, also recently received $9,095 from a personal account left by his late father, Edwin Meese Jr.
Under California law, accounts that have been inactive for seven years or more are turned over for safekeeping to the controller's office, which has amassed a trust of more than $375 million in 1.1 million individual accounts.
So far, more than $3 million has been returned to 6,000 people with such accounts, including $131,000 returned to charities and civic organizations such as the Boy Scouts of America.
Davis, a Democrat, said he even found $94.96 that appears to belong to Republican Gov. George Deukmejian.