A North Carolina man with a bad back, a growth on his chest, and no job or money decided to swap his freedom for prison health care by robbing a bank. Richard James Verone, 59, walked into a bank, handed the teller a note demanding just $1—then sat down on a sofa and waited for the police to arrive, ABC reports.
Verone says he hopes to get a 3-year sentence and buy a beach house after he gets out and qualifies for social security. "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," he told reporters. But because he only demanded a dollar and didn't have a weapon, police charged him with larceny instead of bank robbery and he's likely to be a free man within a year. (Read more bank robber stories.)