Thief drains bank account of nation's oldest World War II veteran

Clay Curtis
July 1, 2018

Richard Overton, the nation's oldest living World War II veteran, and his family discovered on Friday that his personal bank account had been drained.

Several purchases of saving bonds with Treasury Direct were made in recent months and by Thursday there was nothing left in the account.

"Someone set up a bogus account, got his Social Security number and accessed his personal checking account", Volma Overton, his third cousin, told Dallas News.

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.

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

Austin city council honors Richard Overton by naming his street in his honor. He's also contacted Treasury Direct and reported the theft to the Austin Police Department.

The family said the alleged thief stole "a considerable amount" of money from the account but would not specify how much.

The Gerontology Research Group's database of the oldest living people in the world states that Overton is the oldest living man in America. "It's a shock. It hurts". As of Saturday afternoon, that account has raised more than $370,000. "It hurts tremendously", Volma Overton, Richard's cousin, said. The family has not notified police. 'It might help others realize how vulnerable we all are to this'. He's the oldest man in America, verified by the Gerontology Research Group, and the oldest USA veteran.

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