Published on December 10, 2012 at 10:14 AM
The Associated Press/Wall Street Journal: NY Ex-Con Says He Shoplifted To Get Health Care
A 56-year-old ex-convict says he purposely got arrested for shoplifting to get prison health care for his leukemia. Frank Morrocco of Amherst tells The Buffalo News that he stole shoelaces and other items from Wegman's as "an act of desperation" because he can't afford health care. He was released from federal prison a year ago after serving 20 years on drug charges. He was getting cancer treatment as an inmate (12/9).
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