List of Undeliverable 2005 Phase II Tobacco Settlement Checks Available Online
As of Dec. 2005, there were over 5,000 Phase II Tobacco Settlement checks that had not reached their intended recipients. Kentucky originally sent out over 164,000 checks to certified recipients of the settlement program in June 2005. A new Web site is now available to help remaining recipients get their checks.
In an effort to locate the rightful recipients of these checks, the Governor’s Office of Agricultural Policy (GOAP) has made available a comprehensive list of those who were issued a check, but had it returned for various reasons. Visitors can find this list on the GOAP Web site at http://tobaccotrust.ky.gov/phase_ii/.
The reasons for the undeliverable checks include: no forwarding address left; expired forwarding address; the recipient is deceased; the recipient is not known; or the P.O. Box was closed.
The online list is sorted by the last name within the county in which the farm was registered according to the USDA Farm Service Agency. If a payee locates their name on the list of certified recipients, they should contact the GOAP call center toll-free at 1-877-549-2537. The representative taking their call will verify some personal information, and then update the correct mailing address information in order to mail the check.
In addition to the name of the recipient, the list also contains the claimant ID number, farm number and check number. Callers should have this information available when speaking to a call center representative. Recipients are urged to call quickly because these checks will expire on June 20, 2006.
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