Thieves emptied the bank account of America’s oldest living veteran, Richard Overton by stealing his identity.
An unknown person(s) set up a bank account in Overton’s name, accessed his checking account by using his Social Security number, and drained it, buying savings bonds from Treasury Direct. The person has been doing it for several months. A friend of Overton’s filed a police report on the theft Friday.
Overton is 112, and is verified as the oldest living WWII veteran, and the oldest American. He spends many of his days sitting on his front porch, which he views as his stage, smoking cigars and having an occasional application of whiskey and cola. He served in the South Pacific during WWII, and moved to Austin, Texas in 1945. But this will be a serious setback.
“Someone set up a bogus account, got his Social Security number and accessed his personal checking account… This is going to be a setback for Richard. It was a significant amount of money.” Volma Overton, Richard’s third cousin
Fortunately, Richard’s personal bank account was not hooked up to the GoFundMe account set up for his in-home care, which has been set up in 2016. But his care has gone through a of those funds. His cousin worries that when the caregiving money is gone, Richard may go too.
— KXAN News (@KXAN_News) June 29, 2018
I normally try to avoid wishing ill on other human beings… but whoever did this to Richard Overton deserves to get his or her ass kicked https://t.co/KVtUYT09yI
— Josh Perry (@MrJoshPerry) June 29, 2018
— Sarah Rumpf (@rumpfshaker) June 29, 2018
— Austin Statesman (@statesman) June 29, 2018
Family members of Richard Overton, the 112-year-old World War II veteran who lives in Austin, learned that his personal bank account had been drained on Friday. https://t.co/so0mu5ee3T
— Stars and Stripes (@starsandstripes) June 30, 2018
Sick Dirtbags Steal Life Savings Of America’s Oldest Veteran, 112-Year-Old Richard Overton https://t.co/sC9Qk9ZIjR
— The Daily Wire (@realDailyWire) June 30, 2018
— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) June 30, 2018
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