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Man Robs Bank To Get Healthcare


Medical insurance is something that way too many people in this country do not have and really need. Take for example, James Verone, a 59-year-old convenience store clerk who has a variety of health issues and no insurance. What sets Verone apart from the rest of us is what he did to get the necessary medical care. Verone robbed a bank in hopes of being sent to prison for at least three years. Verone walked into a Gaston, N.C. bank, handed the teller a note stating his intentions and demanding $1 and medical attention. The teller gave him the dollar and he calmly sat down in the waiting area and waited for police to arrive. He is now in jail and has an appointment to see the doctor this week. Verone held a job for 17 years as a Coca-Cola deliveryman until the economy went sour and he was forced to find a new job, which he did as a truck driver, but that did not last and he eventually took a job as part-time store clerk, but his body wasn’t up to it. Verone did not want to be a burden to his family so he came up with the robbery plan. Because he only demaned one dollar, he was charged with larceny and not bank robbery. If his sentence is not long enough, he says he will tell the judge he will do it again. Desperate people do desperate things I guess.

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