Pennsylvania Pair Accused of Exploiting $175G Banking Error

Police say a northeastern 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 all 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.

The pair, now legally separated, faces felony theft charges, counts of receiving stolen property and criminal conspiracy to commit theft, Pennsylvania's Press Enterprise reported Wednesday on its Web site.

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

However, the Press Enterprise reported that police said Randy Pratt was employed as a metal roofing installer and only earned about $3,800 as a roofer all last year.

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.

The newspaper reported that the couple managed to spend all but about $50,000 of the money.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.