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article imageMan robs bank for $1 to get free health care

By Graeme McNaughton     Jun 20, 2011 in Crime
Charlotte - While some people rob banks to get money, one North Carolina man robbed a bank for a different reason: he can't afford health care. But in prison, health care is free.
James Verone, talking to 9 News, decided to rob the RBC Bank last week. He went to the bank not armed with a gun, but a note.
"The note said this is a bank robbery. please only give me one dollar...I started to walk away from the teller then I went back and said, 'I'll be sitting right over there in the chair waiting for the police," said Verone to 9 News. "I wanted to make it known that this wasn't for monetary reasons, but for medical reasons."
Instead of running, Verone was aiming to get arrested, hoping to get into jail for the free health care.
Verone does not have any sort of health insurance, no job, and little money in the bank. With a growth in his chest, two ruptured disks, and issues with his left foot, there was no way that Verone could afford health care.
With free health care and a place to live, prison seemed like the best bet. However, the doctor in the prison has accused him of playing with the system.
"If it is called manipulation, then out of necessity because I need medical care then I guess I am manipulating the courts to get medical care."
Verone said he is hoping for a three year sentence. After that, he would be able to collect social insurance, and has plans to move to the beach.
"I've already looked at a condominium. I've spoken to a realtor, on Myrtle Beach."
Verone has been charged with larceny, and is being held in Gaston County Jail on $2000 bond. He is to appear in court on June 28.
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