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Man steals $1 to get prison healthcare

GASTONIA, N.C., June 21 (UPI) -- A North Carolina man said he robbed a bank of $1 and waited for police so he could go to prison and receive healthcare.

Richard Verone, 59, said he robbed the RBC Bank in Gastonia of $1 June 9 and sat down to wait for police in the hopes of being convicted so he could receive healthcare for a growth in his chest and two ruptured disks, ABC News reported Tuesday.

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Police said Verone, who was unarmed, handed a note to a teller demanding $1 and claiming he had a gun. The police report said Verone then sat down on a couch and waited for officers to arrive at the bank.

"I'm sort of a logical person and that was my logic, what I came up with," Verone told reporters. "If it is called manipulation, then out of necessity because I need medical care, then I guess I am manipulating the courts to get medical care."

Verone was charged with larceny and ordered held in lieu of $2,000 bond. He is due in court June 28.

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