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Man Robs Bank For Medical Treatment

June 21, 2011Comments are closed.


A man named James Verone robbed a bank for $1 so he could go to jail and receive medical treatment he desperately needed.

According to the Huffington Post, James walked into a North Carolina bank, handed the teller a slip of paper saying “This is a bank robbery, please only give me one dollar,” and then sat down and waited for police to arrive.

In case you’re wondering what would cause someone to do something like this, well we’ve got a simple answer for you: money. If you don’t have health insurance and are in need of medical treatment, you could go bankrupt with just one visit to the hospital.

James needed medical treatment and didn’t have health insurance, so he did the best he could: he was arrested and charged with larceny.

Apparently, people in prison have better health care options than those of us who work our butts off day in and day out just to pay our bills. Hopefully, you’re lucky enough to have a job that can provide you with health insurance, because as health care costs continue to rise, many employers can no longer afford to offer health insurance to their employees.

In case you’re ill and need health care, here is what you could expect in jail:

The majority of ailments are treated on-site, but inmates who are gravely ill can be taken to the nearest hospital. Sick prisoners must make a nominal co-payment for each visit to the jailhouse doctor—usually $5 or so, taken from an hourly wage that typically runs between 19 cents and 40 cents an hour. Costs above that are covered by the state.

James is going to spend three years in prison, during that time he will get all the medical treatment he needs and when he gets out, he will start collecting Social Security.

Desperate times call for desperate measures.

What do you think?

James Verone's mugshot

4 comments to “Man Robs Bank For Medical Treatment”

  1. Joey Williams · June 21, 2011 · Permalink

    What a sad and depressing story for America. I’m sure this isn’t the first time someone has had to do this just for medical insurance network. My cousin is an insurance agent works at a insurance agency that deal primarly with healthcare and I hear sad stories all the time of how people are robbed of just getting the basic treatment and care they need cause they can’t afford it. Our government needs to fix this right away cause if people are going to jail voluntarly basicallly just for care there is a problem with our society and governmen.t

  2. Alexandra Longest · June 21, 2011 · Permalink

    This is a huge blow to our system and our country as a whole. This is a herendous story for someone that simple wan’ts health insurace. Not everyone is as fortunate to have health care insurance, life insurance, and just any insurance and just for simple basic care someone needs our society and government has failed. I remember just to get a medical insurance quote for my daughters asthma problems cost me 50 dollars out of pocket to just to find out what I would eventually be paying them. I feel for this person and he is taking full advantage of the messed up system we have.

  3. BobbyT · June 23, 2011 · Permalink

    I can say that he has a good idea in order for him to survive when inadequacy strikes us. I thought no one dares to be in prison but I guess it is available for those who are very desperate and in need for just to live. I can see his seriousness to be cured by what he has that makes him feel in pain. You can read more this here: James Verone commits $1 bank robbery for prison healthcare, newstype.com

  4. Runny · August 7, 2011 · Permalink

    The greatest nation on earth???

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