North Carolina man robs bank of $1 to receive medical care

GASTON COUNTY, N.C.

James Verone handed the teller a note at a bank in Gaston County last week. He took the dollar, and then waited for police.

The 59-year-old says he did it because he has no medical insurance and suffers from a series of health problems. He thought jail was the best place he could go for medical care.

Verone is hoping for a three-year sentence. He figures he will be able to collect social security when he gets out and says he plans to head for the beach.

"I've already got a condominium," said Verone. "I've spoken to a realtor on Myrtle Beach."

Verone is getting medical care now, but the jail doctor accuses him of manipulating the system.

Verone may have another problem with his plan. Because he only demanded $1, the police charged him with larceny from a person, not bank robbery, so he might not get as much time in jail as he hopes.

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