Penny Martin, a Staten Island woman, recently came into some surprise money that rescued her from homelessness. A cool $10,000 in life insurance money was left to her by a deceased ex-boyfriend, which easily makes him the best ex-boyfriend of all time. She discovered the unclaimed funds by checking the website for New York’s Office of Unclaimed Funds.
According to the Staten Island Advance, Martin’s boyfriend once promised he would always take care of her (she was only 16 at the time of the relationship). He actually kept his promise! Unbeknownst to Martin, before his death in 1985, she was named the beneficiary of his life insurance plan. Martin was living in a West Side homeless shelter and working in a Staten Island senior center when she found about the cash. She then purchased an unfurnished apartment and got herself a bank account.
The New York Post reports that Martin went furniture shopping after cashing in her check. She told them, “I had several bills. I paid them all. I bought a sofa, loveseat, armoire — you name it.”
The Advance reports:
New York has $10.5 billion in unclaimed funds going back to the early 1940s, and Staten Islanders have the right to about $39 million of that pool, which includes unclaimed insurance policies, lapsed bank accounts, and other property.
Unfortunately, after checking all the Runnin’ Scared names several times over, it was clear we had no secret fortunes to collect. But some famous New Yorkers had a couple of bills to add to their wallets. Michael Bloomberg’s name (probably not the mayor) came up with one result. Donald Trump didn’t have any secret funds with which to buy a new gold toilet. And of course there were no funds for the always miserable Allen Konigsberg, better known as Woody Allen.
But it seems that “mo’ money” (and therefore “mo’ problems”) are waiting for Sean Combs (P. Diddy, Puff Daddy, Diddy, Dirty Money, etc.). Diddy actually has several listings in the database (presuming it’s really him), including an unclaimed sum from his publishing house in 2009. And former mayor Rudy Giuliani has two checks (both, seemingly, related to medical companies) owed to his Gracie Mansion address.
Anna Wintour has four listings waiting for her to check out, including one from — of course — Bergdorf Goodman.
Of course, celebrities get extra money and we get nothing. Typical.