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Couple: We didn't notice $175,000 bank error


Cops arrest pair who allegedly bought home when cash appeared in account

The Associated Press
updated 10:31 a.m. ET, Wed., Jan. 14, 2009

BLOOMSBURG, Pa. - A Pennsylvania couple is behind bars after police say they failed to call the bank when a glitch put an extra $175,000 in their account.

Authorities say 50-year-old Randy Pratt and 36-year-old Melissa Pratt instead withdrew the money, quit their jobs and moved to Florida.

They were buying a house in the Orlando area when the mistake was traced.

The two were arraigned Tuesday on theft and other charges and jailed in lieu of $100,000 bail. A public defender was being assigned.

A $1,772.50 deposit showed up in their FNB Bank account last summer as $177,250.

Police say Melissa Pratt said her husband, a roofing installer, often got large checks and she wasn't aware of any error.

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justxploringComment by justxploring - January 14, 2009, 6:46 pm
Once I got a paycheck that was $2,600 too much. I have to admit, I thought about keeping it and not saying a word, but I turned it into the manager. These people are guilty even though the bank made an error. They had to know they didn't have that much money in an account.

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