The state Treasurer’s office says a backlog of unclaimed property cases has been taken care of.

State Treasurer Dawn Marie Sass says they had been months behind on property claims, but not anymore. She says her staff worked hard to get them taken care of as quickly as possible.

Sass says the backlog was largely the result of a staff shortage in her office, followed by an increase in claims this year. She says they’ve had nearly 4,300 more claims filed in 2009 than the year before. Sass says that was difficult to handle with four staff positions vacant at the time.

However, she says staffing shouldn’t be a problem anymore with three of those positions now filled and the other recently approved.

AUDIO: Andrew Beckett reports (MP3 :55)

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