Unclaimed funds are funds held by the Court for an owner or recipient who is entitled to money, but who has not claimed ownership. Most unclaimed funds arise when dividends (assets) are distributed by the case trustee to creditors pursuant to settlement of a bankruptcy case, but the property goes unclaimed. Unclaimed funds may arise out of a trustee being provided with incomplete or outdated address information for the recipient. Any party, who wants to retrieve unclaimed funds, may do so by following the directions contained in the Instructions (below) and filing the forms listed here:
Instructions for Filing an Application for Payment of Unclaimed Funds
Application for Payment of Unclaimed Funds
Form AO-213P: Request for Payee Information and TIN Certification
Form AO-213: Vendor Information/TIN Certification
Form AO-215: Request to Determine Foreign Vendor Tax Payments
The following information must be provided in support of the application: (a) copy of a valid government-issued photo ID of the party entitled to the funds and (b) proof of notice to the U.S. Attorney. The Court will not accept any documents that appear to have been altered in any material way. Unless filed electronically, documentation should include original signatures and should not be on facsimile paper. Additional documentation may be required under certain circumstances (e.g., original creditor has merged with another entity).
Unless you are eligible to file the application electronically, the application and supporting documentation should be mailed to the Court at the following address:
210 Church Avenue
Roanoke, VA 24011
To search for unclaimed funds for the Western District of Virginia, click here to obtain access to the U.S. Bankruptcy Unclaimed Funds Locator national database. Select Virginia Western Bankruptcy Court from the dropdown list and enter the applicable search criteria.