Man Considered Bank Error 'A Gift from God'

BLOOMSBURG, Pa. (AP) - A Pennsylvania man says he figured it was
a "gift from God."

That's how Randy Pratt says he interpreted the $177,000 that
suddenly showed up in his bank account last summer. It turns out it
was a bank error, and the deposit was actually supposed to be
$1,770.

Police say instead of telling the bank, Pratt and his wife withdrew the money, quit their jobs and moved to Florida.

Pratt tells a Pennsylvania newspaper (the Bloomsburg Press Enterprise) that he tried to ask the bank what happened, but he was
ignored.

He also says he and his wife gave away thousands of dollars, including $25,000 to a Florida church shelter for the homeless.

He's still behind bars, on $100,000 bail. His wife is free on unsecured bail. She told a court she's estranged from her husband. They're facing felony theft and conspiracy charges.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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