Thieves Compromise Bank Account of Richard Overton, America’s Oldest Living Vet

Thieves Compromise Bank Account of Richard Overton, America’s Oldest Living Vet

In the category of news about people with hearts of stone - not just plain-old stone, but ice-cold stone from the ice age - comes revelations that someone has drained the bank account of the country's oldest World War II veteran, multiple news organizations are reporting.

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".

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. He filed a police report on Friday.

Although it's unclear if the funds will be recovered, the Overtons have a GoFundMe page to help cover his living expenses.

He said it's not hard to find information on Overton with all of his notoriety but he isn't certain how the thieves got a hold of his social security number.

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Austin city council honors Richard Overton by naming his street in his honor. "It hurts tremendously", said Volma Overton, Richard Overton's cousin.

'I looked at it - what the hell are these debits?' Volma said to KXAN when a bank employee pulled up the statement showing the money going to Treasury Direct. The family says the money from that page is linked to a separate bank account.

'We wanted to put word out about them using his name with stolen ID, ' Volma said.

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

An amount wasn't specified, but Volma did say that a "considerable amount" was taken.

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