Published: Sun, July 01, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Thieves empty bank account of America’s oldest living man at 112

Thieves empty bank account of America’s oldest living man at 112

The oldest surviving World War II veteran and oldest man alive in the US even met President Obama a few years ago, but this is one story he wishes he wasn't part of.

Overton's family says Social Security and banking account numbers for the 112-year-old Austin man were used to make seven withdrawals over the past several months. He says the money was used to purchase savings bonds.

While the family doesn't know who may have stolen Overton's money, his cousin said "it'd be bad to know somebody who's been that close to him has used him like that".

One silver lining is the account used to pay for Richard Overton's home health care has not been touched. Once it's gone and the caregivers go, Volma fears Overton will, too.

Richard Overton is no stranger to making headlines.

The bank is helping the family track down the culprit, Volma Overton Jr. said, but the family wanted to share their experience to prevent others from being victimized. A police report was filed Friday.

'It's a shock, it hurts, it hurts tremendously, ' he said. He holds the title of the oldest man in America, as verified by the Gerontology Research Group. Overton's cousin, Volma Overton Jr., told CNN affiliate KXAN. Austin police are working closely with the Overton family to try to track down the culprit.

The amount of money that was taken hasn't been revealed, but Volma told the Dallas Morning News that what was taken "was a significant amount of money". He's the oldest man in America, verified by the Gerontology Research Group, and the oldest USA veteran.

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