A one-time Columbus, Georgia police officer will be getting his wish for “free” taxpayer-funded health insurance benefits, at least for the next five years and three months. That is how long a judge sentenced him to federal prison for committing bank robbery—and that was the unemployed officer’s plan the whole time.
CBS Atlanta reports,
A former Columbus police officer admitted in court that he robbed a bank last year so he can get health benefits being in a federal prison.
Edward Pascucci told U.S. District Court Judge Clay D. Land Thursday that he was facing “severe health problems” and homelessness when he decided to rob the Citizens Trust Bank last August, according to the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer.
“I didn’t want to be homeless,” Pascucci said, according to the paper. “I should not have manipulated the justice system, but I couldn’t think of any other way to get help.”