Shoplifting Likely To Cost Woman Her Life As She Loses Spot On Heart Transplant List With Sentence

Source: New York Daily News

A serial shoplifter who was freed from jail so she could get a heart transplant was resentenced to more than two years on Wednesday because she stole again.

Diane McCloud, 47, of Hempstead, LI, was sprung in January to get on a heart transplant list.

But she was busted again in August for stealing $500 in toiletries from a CVS drugstore. Prosecutors said the crime was part of McCloud’s one-woman shoplifting spree since she was released from jail.

Nassau County Judge Francis Ricigliano ordered McCloud to serve the original 15 month sentence, also for shoplifting, and another year for the new charges, according to her lawyer.

McCloud, who had been going for screenings at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Manhattan to get on its heart transplant list, no longer qualifies for the procedure since Medicaid doesn’t cover inmates.

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