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Office of the Vermont Attorney General

Treasurer and Attorney General Announce Nearly $90k Available to Vermonters Wronged by Western Union

May 7, 2019

Contact: James Layman, Assistant Attorney General, Office of the Attorney General, 802-828-3171

Al LaPerle, Director of Unclaimed Property, Office of the Treasurer, 802-828-2318


Vermont State Treasurer Beth Pearce and Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan today announced that nearly $90,000 owed by Western Union to Vermonters is now available. This money is available to Vermonters who did not file a claim in an earlier class action process. The State Treasurer’s Office will work to contact any Vermonter identified in this settlement to assist them with claiming unclaimed property and provide information about how to file a claim.

Following a nationwide class action lawsuit, Western Union was required to offer refunds of unclaimed wire transfers that it had not returned to the original senders in a timely fashion. These initial refunds were made directly to Vermonters who claimed their refunds from Western Union.

Subsequently, due to the intervention of Attorney General Donovan and with the participation of Treasurer Pearce, approximately $90,000 owed to Vermonters was made available. These funds were not claimed through the class action process. They will now be available for those Vermonters who did not receive timely refunds of their transfers and who did not receive a refund through the class action process. Eligible Vermonters may claim their refunds from the Unclaimed Property Division.

Any Vermonter who wishes to know whether she or he is entitled to unclaimed property as a result of this settlement, or for any other reason, should visit www.missingmoney.vermont.gov or call 802-828-2407 or toll-free at 1-800-642-3191.

Last modified: May 7, 2019