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246.16 Unclaimed money or personal property of inmates.

Subdivision 1. Unclaimed money. When there has heretofore accumulated or shall hereafter accumulate in the hands of the superintendent of any state institution under the jurisdiction of the commissioner of human services money belonging to inmates of such institution who have died therein, or disappeared therefrom, and for which money there is no claimant or person entitled thereto known to the superintendent, such money may, at the discretion of such superintendent, to be expended under direction of the superintendent for the amusement, entertainment, and general benefit of the inmates of such institution. No money shall be so used until it shall have remained unclaimed for at least five years. If, at any time after the expiration of the five years, the legal heirs of the inmate shall appear and make proper proof of such heirship, they shall be entitled to receive from the state treasurer such sum of money as shall have been expended by the superintendent belonging to the inmate.

Subd. 2. Unclaimed personal property. When any inmate of a state institution under the jurisdiction of the commissioner of human services has died or disappeared therefrom, or hereafter shall die or disappear therefrom leaving in the custody of the superintendent thereof personal property, exclusive of money, which remains unclaimed for a period of two years, and there is no person entitled thereto known to the superintendent, the superintendent or an agent may sell such property at public auction. Notice of such sale shall be published for two consecutive weeks in a legal newspaper in the county wherein the institution is located and shall state the time and place of such sale. The proceeds of the sale, after deduction of the costs of publication and auction, may be expended, at the discretion of the superintendent, for the entertainment and benefit of the inmates of such institution. Any inmate, or heir or representative of the inmate, may file with, and make proof of ownership to, the superintendent of the institution disposing of such personal property within four years after such sale, and, upon proof satisfactory to such superintendent, shall certify for payment to the state treasurer the amount received by the sale of such property. No suit shall be brought for damages consequent to the disposal of personal property or use of money in accordance with this section against the state or any official, employee, or agent thereof.

HIST: (4440) 1905 c 199 s 1; 1951 c 369 s 1; 1961 c 750 s 16 subd 1; 1984 c 654 art 5 s 58; 1986 c 444

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