Bank error 'a gift from God'

January 22, 2009 4:14:50 AM PST
A Pennsylvania man says when a bank error put more than $177,000 in his and his wife's account he considered it divine providence.

Fifty-year-old Randy Pratt and 36-year-old Melissa Pratt waived a preliminary hearing Wednesday. They face trial in Columbia County Court on felony theft and conspiracy charges.

The trouble started when a $1,772.50 deposit in the Pratts' FNB Bank account showed up as $177,250 last summer. Police say they withdrew the money and fled to Florida.

Randy Pratt told the Bloomsburg Press Enterprise he considered the money "a gift from God." He says the couple gave away thousands of dollars, including $25,000 to a church shelter for the homeless.

Melissa Pratt is free on unsecured bail, and Randy Pratt is in county prison. District Judge Donna Coombe denied a request to lower his $100,000 bail.