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Oldest veteran in U.S., 112, robbed of savings, identity, family says

Oldest veteran in U.S., 112, robbed of savings, identity, family says

Richard Overton, the oldest living World War II veteran in the United States, has had his bank account compromised, his cousin confirmed to KVUE.

It appears the thief set up a fake bank account with Overton's Social Security number and then broke into his personal checking account. The thief or thieves reportedly used the account to purchase savings bonds with Treasury Direct, the report says.

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".

The fundraiser provided around-the-clock, in-home care for Overton, who has faced numerous bouts of pneumonia.

When Volma spoke with KVUE Friday, he had not yet filed a police report. Once it's gone and the caregivers go, Volma fears Overton will, too.

According to Business Insider, Richard Overton talked to Steve Harvey in 2012, saying his advice for a long life was to "just keep living". "It's a shock. It hurts".

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Volma said he and a friend would sort out this money issue. As of Saturday afternoon, that account has raised more than $370,000.

Luckily, his bank account was not connected to the GoFundMe page, which finances his perpetual care. Volma Overton noticed the withdrawals when he went to deposit funds into the account.

"We wanted to put the word out about them using his name with stolen ID", the cousin said.

Volma says the family is not sure who's behind this crime.

The Austin Police Department are also involved and working closely with the family.


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