Thieves Got a Hold of Oldest Living WWII Veteran's Bank Account


According to the family of Richard Overton, 112, a World War II veteran who lives in Austin, Texas, an unknown thief set up a fake bank account with Overton's Social Security number and accessed his personal checking account, the Dallas Morning News reported.

Someone is impersonating the oldest man in America.

Although he's one of the best-known and cherished people in Austin, somebody stole money out of his bank account. The alleged thief reportedly made several savings bond purchases through Treasury Direct using Overton's account until there was no money left.

While the family doesn't know who may have stolen Overton's money, his cousin said "it'd be awful to know somebody who's been that close to him has used him like that". "It hurts tremendously", Volma Overton, Richard's cousin, said. Volma wouldn't say how much money was taken but called it a "significant amount".

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Volma told the paper the caregivers are a big part of the reason Overton is still alive.

The incident did not affect a GoFundMe crowdfunding page that the family created in 2016 to provide round-the-clock care for Overton so that he can live at home, according to the American-Statesman.

A police report was filed on Friday.

As for Overton, he's still doing the things he loves, and recently celebrated his 112th birthday on May 11. He holds the title of the oldest man in America, as verified by the Gerontology Research Group. Austin police are working closely with the Overton family to try to track down the culprit.