Couple moves after big banking error

January 14, 2009 5:26:47 AM PST
Police say a central Pennsylvania couple did not call the bank when a $1,772.50 deposit showed up in their account as $177,250. Authorities say 50-year-old Randy Pratt and 36-year-old Melissa Marie Pratt of Bloomsburg took out the money, quit their jobs and moved to Florida.

The two were arraigned Tuesday and jailed in lieu of $100,000 bail. District Judge Donna Coombe says a public defender and a conflicts lawyer are being assigned.

Police say Melissa Pratt deposited the check at FNB Bank last summer. When the big balance showed up investigators say the two wrote checks to another account, bought a new vehicle and were buying a house in the Orlando area when the mistake was traced.

Police say Melissa Pratt told them her husband often got large checks and she wasn't aware of any banking error.

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Information from: Press Enterprise, http://www.pressenterpriseonline.com

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