Thief drains bank account of nation's oldest veteran

112-year-old Austin resident, our oldest living veteran, robbed of savings, identity

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

Richard Overton, 112, of Austin, Texas, was the victim of identity theft in a plot that left his bank account with nothing, according to KXAN.

According to Volma, whoever accessed the money used it to buy savings bonds with Treasury Direct, and has been doing so for a few months.

Volma said a friend of Overton's filed a police report Friday.

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.

His family said it all started this week when they went to make a deposit into his savings account and realized it was empty.

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"This is going to be a setback for Richard", Volma said.

Richard Overton at 109 years old represented The Greatest Generation at the 2016 U.S. Army All-American Bowl held in San Antonio, Texas.

His family would not discuss the amount of money that was taken but said it was a "considerable amount".

Overton's personal bank account was not connected to his GoFundMe page, which is used to pay for his around-the-clock in-home care.

"It's a shock, it hurts, it hurts tremendously", Volma Overton Jr., Richard Overton's cousin, told television news outlet. He's the oldest man in America, verified by the Gerontology Research Group, and the oldest US veteran. Austin police are working closely with the Overton family to try to track down the culprit.

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