A former Coca-Cola truck driver who claims he has never been in trouble with the law, has robbed a bank for just $1 to receive free healthcare while in prison
James Richard Verone, who is charged with the $1 robbery of a RBC Bank in North Carolina, has never been in trouble with the law before.
Mr Verone, who was unemployed and facing several health problems, walked into the bank and handed the bank teller a note that read: This is a bank robbery. Please give me $1.
He then sat in the bank waiting for the police to arrive.
The 59-year-old, who had no health insurance, has a growth on his chest, two ruptured disks and a problem with his left foot, said he committed the robbery because he believed prison was the best place he could go to for medical attention.
"I'm sort of a logical person and that was my logic. That is what I came up with," he said.
"I wanted to make it known that this wasn't for monetary reasons but for medical reasons."
Mr Verone, who did not use a weapon during his robbery, said he hopes he is sentenced to three years in prison so he continues receiving healthcare.
"If it is called manipulation, then out of necessity because I need medical care, I guess I am manipulating the courts to get medical care."