Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Man Robs Bank for $1 In Order to Get Health Care in Jail

James Richard Verone, 59, had never committed a crime in his life until he lost his job driving a truck for Coca-Cola, where he had worked for 17 years.  In declining health, he took a part time driving job but his various health problems got in the way.  His money ran out and he didn't want to be a burden on his siblings.  Eventually he got the idea of committing a crime in order to get access to the health care in the prison system.  He robbed a bank he picked at random for $1.00 and now he is awaiting trial in Gaston County, NC.

Full story is here.

Interesting.  What he aims to "steal" is the health care.  So then if the judge gives him a sentence, is the judge an accessory to theft?

We may see more of this kind of thing happening, until Obamacare hits; and even then, it may well be that the health care in prison may excel that which can be got on the outside.

The only thing is, I've heard complaints about the crappy health care in prisons.  I expect the quality of the health care provided in prison might depend on the prison.

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