Alaska Statutes.
Title 34. Property
Chapter 45. Unclaimed Property
Section 380. Filing of Claim With Department.
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AS 34.45.380. Filing of Claim With Department.

(a) A person, excluding another state, claiming an interest in property paid or delivered to the department may file a claim on a form prescribed by the department and bearing a notice that statements are made under penalty of unsworn falsification.

(b) The department shall consider each claim after it is filed and shall give written notice to the claimant if the claim is denied in whole or in part. The notice may be given by mailing it to the address, if any, stated in the claim as the address to which notices are to be sent. If an address for notices is not stated in the claim, the notice may be mailed to the address, if any, of the claimant as stated in the claim. A notice of denial need not be given if the claim states neither the address to which notices are to be sent nor the address of the claimant.

(c) If a claim is allowed, the department shall pay or deliver to the claimant the property or the amount the department actually received, or the net proceeds if it has been sold by the department, together with an additional amount required by AS 34.45.340 . For the purposes of determining net proceeds after sale of the property, the department may deduct

(1) costs incurred in connection with the sale of the property;

(2) costs of mailing and publication in connection with the property;

(3) reasonable service charges; and

(4) costs incurred in examining records of the holder of the property and in collecting the property from the holder.

(d) If a claim is allowed and the property claimed was interest-bearing to the owner on the date of surrender by the holder, the department also shall pay interest at the rate prescribed in AS 45.45.010 or a lesser rate the property earned while in the possession of the holder. Interest begins to accrue when the property is delivered to the department and ceases on the expiration of 10 years after delivery or the date on which payment is made to the owner, whichever is earlier. The department may not pay interest on interest-bearing property for a period occurring before September 7, 1986.

(e) A holder who pays the owner for property that has been delivered to the state and that, if claimed from the department, would be subject to (d) of this section shall add interest as provided in (d) of this section. The added interest shall be repaid to the holder by the commissioner in the same manner as the principal.

(f) Unless another state files a claim to recover the property, if the identity of the owner of the property is known, the department shall apply the fair market value of the property to satisfaction of the following, in the order listed:

(1) the child support obligations of the owner;

(2) upon application of the Department of Law or submission of documentation satisfactory to the Department of Revenue, court-ordered restitution owed by the owner under AS 12 or AS 47, including any interest, collection costs, and attorney fees awarded by the court.

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