Man calls $175K bank error 'gift from God'

Published: Thursday, January 22, 2009 at 10:20 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 22, 2009 at 10:20 a.m.

BLOOMSBURG, Pennsylvania A Pennsylvania man says he considered it divine providence when a bank error put more than $175,000 in his and his wife's account.

Randy Pratt, 50, and Melissa Pratt, 36, face trial in Columbia County Court on felony theft and conspiracy charges, according to the Press Enterprise newspaper. They waived a preliminary hearing Wednesday.

The trouble started when a $1,772.50 deposit to the Pratts' FNB Bank account showed up as $177,250 last summer. Police say that instead of telling the bank, they withdrew the money, quit their jobs and moved to Florida.

Randy Pratt tells the Bloomsburg Press Enterprise he did attempt to ask the bank what happened, but was ignored. He said he considered the money "a gift from God."

He says the couple gave away thousands of dollars, including $25,000 to a Florida church shelter for the homeless.

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