Archive for Friday, January 23, 2009

Man considered bank error ‘a gift from God’

January 23, 2009


— 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. 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.


Chris Ogle 9 years, 4 months ago

Reminds me of cashing my paycheck at the local bank. Once in the car, I counted my money and learned the teller had over paid me. I, went back to the teller and tried to explain, but before I could explain the teller told me " sir, once you leave the teller window, our transaction is done" Shocked, I left.Later that evening the bank teller called me at home, and said she could not balance her cash drawer and wondered if she had overpaid me. Guess what I told her.

cthulhu_4_president 9 years, 4 months ago

If it was a gift from God (and they felt like they committed no crime), then why did they withdraw the money? They trusted God to plop it into their account, but did they not trust Him to keep it safe? Their checks and credit cards still would have worked in Florida. Perhaps they shock knew they were breaking the law?!

Tony Kisner 9 years, 4 months ago

xbusguy - good one. Karma can be a bitter pill.

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