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Edward Pascucci, Ex-Marine and Columbus, Ga. Cop, Robs Bank to Get Prison Health Care for “Severe Health Problems”

A former Marine and ex-cop got what he wanted when he robbed a Georgia bank last summer. His demands weren’t written on paper and handed over to a terrified teller, nor was his “score” quick in coming. But Edward Pascucci has become the latest American to resort to felonious means to achieve ends that people in most of the industrialized world take for granted.

Edward Pascucci just wants to be able to see a doctor.

According to the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, the 54-year old Pascucci, who served in the U.S. Marines, Army and Army Reserve before becoming a Columbus police officer in 1989, has been sentenced to five years, three months behind bars for robbing a branch of Citizens Trust Bank with an unloaded .357 handgun last August. Pacuscci, who had been unemployed for more than a year, was driven to crime out of sheer desperation. Citing “severe health problems,” the ex-cop admitted to U.S. District Judge Clay D. Land that he “should not have manipulated the justice system.”

“But I couldn’t think of any other way to get help,” he said.

“I didn’t want to be homeless.”

He won’t now; Pascucci can look forward to three hots and a cot as well as something tens of millions of Americans can only dream of– single-payer, universal health care. Prisoners across America have it (at taxpayer expense), even the so-called “worst-of-the-worst” detainees at the Guantanamo Bay concentration camp.

In court, Pascucci apologized to the employees of the bank he robbed, his former Columbus Police Department colleagues and to the “community at large.”

“I had no funds whatsoever to live on,” he is quoted in the Ledger-Enquirer. “I did this foolish thing hoping I’d get some kind of care,” the veteran with a bachelor’s degree– magna cum laude– from the State University of New York Institute of Technology added.

Amazingly, this isn’t the first time someone has robbed a bank to get prison health care. Last June, we brought you the story of James Verone, who held up a North Carolina bank– for $1– so he could take advantage of medical care behind bars.

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