Iowa checks worth nearly $7 million go uncashed

Nearly $7 million of checks the state of Iowa issued have gone uncashed in the last 19 months, and up until now it hasn't been easy to find out if any of that money is yours.

The Des Moines Register published an online database of 45,197 unclaimed checks on Sunday to help people get their money. The checks are for income tax refunds, contract work and a variety of other things.

Farmer Dan Kregel says finding out his 2012 state income tax refund of $16,525 was never deposited was easy money. Now he just has to wait six weeks for a new check.

Technical problems have kept the state from including its own unclaimed checks in the "Treasure Hunt" database on the state treasurer's website. Officials hope to fix that later this year.