Bob Allen did not get to keep the big check, but that's fine with him. He'll get his $32,000 anyway.
On Wednesday, State Treasurer Jonathan Miller presented Allen, owner of local car dealerships, with an oversized check for over $32,000 in unclaimed property.
The check left with Miller, but the money will stay with Allen after lying unclaimed for years.
"I am very pleased to give this money back to Bob Allen where it belongs," Miller said.
The money came from vendor checks owed to Allen from the Ford Motor Company, checks which Allen never received because he sold the business. The money remained unclaimed and was then turned over to the Treasurer's Office.
"Ford could have taken five minutes and matched the address they had for Bob Allen with his new business's address, but they didn't," Miller said. "One of our employees noticed the large amount and so we told Mr. Allen."