Mick Jagger, Ben Affleck and Maria Shriver are being urged to make their way to California and claim a cheque - because they're owed unclaimed cash by the state.

The stars are on a list of more than 6 million "lost" Californians who qualify for a cut of the $3.9 billion (GBP2.1 billion) held by the state's bureau of unclaimed property.

When a company owes someone money but can't find them - or when a bank account is inactive for three years and the owner can't be reached - the funds must be turned over to the state's unclaimed property division. The cash then stays with the government, unless it's claimed by the owner or their heirs.

Jagger is eligible for $919 (GBP510), Shriver is owed $258 (GBP143) and Affleck has $1,598 (GBP887) waiting for him.

Brad Pitt, Keanu Reeves, Jennifer Lopez, Bonnie Raitt, Adam Sandler, Quentin Tarantino, Drew Barrymore, Little Richard, Sylvester Stallone and the late Marlon Brando are also owed cash by the state from studios.

11/10/2004 21:16