NC Man Robs Bank of $1, Hoping for Free Health Care in Prison


An unemployed Gaston County, N.C., man robbed a bank of $1, then sat to wait for police to arrest him because he wanted access to free health care in prison, reports WCNC-TV. Robber James Verone said from jail that he pulled the robbery of a Gaston RBC branch office on June 9 because he was “sort of a logical person.” He was not armed when he passed a teller a note that read, “This is a bank robbery. Please only give me one dollar.”

Bank employees called police, who found Verone, 59, sitting on a sofa waiting for them. Verone said he robbed that bank because he doesn't have medical insurance. He has a growth on his chest, two ruptured disks and a problem with his left foot. He has no money and said he believed jail was the best place he could go for medical care. He said he hopes for a three-year sentence, after which he will be eligible to collect Social Security. But his plan may have a glitch. Because he took only a dollar, he was charged with larceny, not bank robbery.

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