BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Was it pennies from Heaven?
A Bridgeport woman charged with theft told police she believed the $74,000 that mysteriously appeared in her bank account was “God-sent” after she prayed for relief from her financial problems.
So she used the money to pay off her bills.
But police told the Connecticut Post the money belonged to C-Town supermarket in Stratford and was mistakenly transferred into Donna Hutchinson’s account.
The 49-year-old grandmother was charged with felony larceny in late December.
Hutchinson faced foreclosure and mounting debt. She told police that a day after praying for help in October 2010, $4,000 appeared in her account and it swelled to $74,000 over the next two years.
The supermarket owner said People’s United Bank reimbursed him for his losses Wednesday.
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