2017 Delaware Code
Title 12 - Decedents' Estates and Fiduciary Relations
CHAPTER 11. ESCHEATS
Subchapter II Unclaimed Property
§ 1189. Confidentiality of records.

Universal Citation: 12 DE Code § 1189 (2017)

(a) Except in accordance with proper judicial order or as otherwise provided by law, it shall be unlawful for any officer or employee of the Department of Finance or the Department of State or for any other officer or employee of this State to disclose or make known in any manner to any person who is not a current officer or employee of this State any of the following:

(1) The amount of unclaimed property that has been reported to and received by the State Escheator or the Secretary of State, or both, by any holder, under this chapter, or to disclose the terms of or supporting documentation related to any annual filing, unclaimed property voluntary disclosure agreement, or settlement agreement resulting from the reporting of any unclaimed property under this chapter, including all agreements entered into under this chapter, including past agreements.

(2) Identifying information regarding any unclaimed property owner that is set forth in any report or record made or delivered to the State Escheator, including the exact amount of any property and the character of any property received by the State Escheator.

(b) Notwithstanding subsection (a) of this section, the State Escheator shall maintain a public record of all names and last-known addresses of the person or persons appearing to be entitled to property paid or delivered to the State Escheator under this chapter, including whether the value of such property exceeds a set amount to be determined by the State Escheator.

(1) The State Escheator shall retain other identifying information in a report or record made or delivered to the State Escheator.

(2) The State Escheator shall consider the information in paragraph (b)(1) of this section to be confidential and the information may be disclosed only in the discretion of the State Escheator.

(3) The State Escheator may provide additional information regarding unclaimed property as follows:

a. To a person who has presented satisfactory proof of an interest in or title to such property.

b. For purposes directly connected with the administration of this chapter.

(c) For purposes of this section, "officer or employee'' includes present and former officers and employees, and any person currently or formerly employed or retained by the State.

(d) Any violation of this section shall be a misdemeanor, punishable upon conviction by a fine not to exceed $1,000, or imprisonment not to exceed 6 months, or both. The Superior Court shall have exclusive original jurisdiction over such misdemeanor.

12 Del. C. 1953, § 1141; 50 Del. Laws, c. 507, § 1; 79 Del. Laws, c. 2, § 1; 79 Del. Laws, c. 278, § 1; 81 Del. Laws, c. 1, § 2.;

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