The Erie County clerk of courts has been sitting on millions of dollars for years, but the money is owed to hundreds if not thousands of people.
And the bulk of those people have no idea they're entitled to a piece of this $3 million pie, a Register investigation has found.
Since at least the late 1980s, the money has slowly accumulated in an interest-bearing bank account controlled by former clerk of courts Barb Johnson.
Johnson retired from her post last month, shortly before she died from a lengthy illness.
Employees appointed to run the office in her absence provided the Register with new information detailing this long-running system of negligence.
Read more about the money and what the clerk of courts' office plans to do with it in Sunday's Register.