Thieves Drain Bank Account of Oldest Living U.S. Veteran

Richard Overton, the oldest recorded living US veteran, surveys the backyard of his home in Austin, Texas after being presented with the Philips Lifeline with AutoAlert service on Wednesday, June 5, 2013. The medical alert service, which will help protect Overton as he continues to remain independent in his home, …
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Someone has been draining money from the oldest living American veteran’s bank account, leaving it completely empty as of this week.

The family of Richard Overton—an 112-year-old veteran living in Austin, Texas—said Friday that a thief stole Overton’s social security and bank account numbers and used the information to empty his bank account.

“I looked at it — what the hell are these debits?” Overton’s cousin, Volma Overton Jr., told KXAN.

Overton Jr. said he noticed something was amiss Wednesday when he attempted to deposit money into his cousin’s bank account.

The bank then informed Overton Jr. that Treasury Direct took out money from Overton’s account on four occasions. The alleged thief reportedly made several savings bond purchases through Treasury Direct using Overton’s account until there was no money left.

“It’s a shock, it hurts, it hurts tremendously,” Overton Jr. said.

The family said the alleged thief stole “a considerable amount” of money from the account but would not specify how much. Fortunately for Overton, a relative set up a GoFundMe account in 2016 for his care. As of Saturday afternoon, that account has raised more than $370,000. The family says the money from that page is linked to a separate bank account.

Police have opened an investigation into the incident.

The Gerontology Research Group’s database of the oldest living people in the world states that Overton is the oldest living man in America.

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