Man refuses $2 million

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STORM LAKE, Iowa, Nov. 8 (UPI) -- Iowa state treasury officials said an 85-year-old man is refusing to claim $2 million being held for him by the state.

State Treasurer Michael Fitzgerald's office said the Storm Lake man, whose name was not released, is owed $1,632,427 in cash and $446,874 in stocks he failed to collect from various sources through the years, the Des Moines (Iowa) Register reported Monday.


Fitzgerald said $910,000 of the money is from a single unclaimed payment from the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Co.

"We have made overtures to him," Fitzgerald said. "And we've had plenty of feedback from people in Storm Lake. He knows the money is there. It appears to be a situation of him not wanting to be bothered."

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