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Man Tries To Claim Dead Man's Money

DES MOINES (AP) -- The Iowa State Treasurer's Office says a Massachusetts man attempted to claim a deceased Iowa man's money as his own.

State Treasurer Michael L. Fitzgerald said in a news release Wednesday that Kevin Upshaw was sentenced in July to two years in Massachusetts state prison for trying to pass himself off as the trustee of an Iowa man's estate in 2011.

Officials say Upshaw presented forged documents to the Great Iowa Treasure Hunt program in connection with the trust, which was valued at more than $135,800. Additional information was not released.

The Great Iowa Treasure Hunt helps people find unclaimed property, usually through savings and checking accounts, stocks and life insurance policies. The program has returned more $166 million in unclaimed property since it began in 1983.

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