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This article was published on June 20, 2011


    An American robs a bank of $1, just for free health care in jail

    An American robs a bank of $1, just for free health care in jail
    Courtney Boyd Myers
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    9News, a local North Carolina news site has posted an unusual story of James Verone, who robbed an RBC bank on Thursday of last week. He had no gun but handed the teller a note that said, “This is a bank robbery, please only give me one dollar.”

    Then he said, I’ll be sitting here on the chair waiting for the police. So, why did he do everything he could to get arrested? He says he did it for medical reasons. Verone has a growth on his chest, two ruptured discs and a problem with his left foot. At 59 years old, no job and a depleted bank account, he thought jail was the best place he could go for medical care and a roof over his head. Verone is hoping for a three-year sentence.

    As his fellow American, I have to say, our national health care is in a very sad state.

    Watch a video interview with Verone here: