A sticky-fingered Long Island woman who had been freed from jail so she could get a heart transplant may have given up a second chance at life – all for some diet pills and Crest Whitestrips.
Diane McCloud, 47, of Hempstead, showed up at court Friday for a hearing in her previous case and was arrested and jailed for stealing about $500 in toiletry items from a CVS store in July.
The CVS caper came after a judge halted a previous 15-month sentence for a petit larceny rap in January so she could get on a waiting list for a transplant.
It seemed like McCloud, who has end-stage heart disease, had gotten away with the CVS theft – until the stunning and potentially life-threatening reversal of fortune in Nassau County District Court.
Judge Francis Ricigliano, who had sprung her on the previous sentence, was furious she had shown him up a second time – and tossed her in jail.
“The heart transplant is off the table,” said her lawyer, Leonard Isaacs, explaining that as an inmate, she no longer qualifies for the Medicaid that would have covered a transplant.
As terrible as this woman’s condition may be, she’s a damn fool to do anything to screw up a chance for a new heart.