December 20, 2014
BLOOMSBURG, Pa. (AP) - 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.
Fifty-year-old Randy Pratt and 36-year-old Melissa Pratt face
trial in Columbia County Court on felony theft and conspiracy
charges. 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.
Randy Pratt is in county prison. A judge denied a request to
lower his $100,000 bail. Melissa Pratt, who told the court she is
estranged from her husband, is free on unsecured bail.
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