Thieves Raid Bank Account Of 112-Year-Old World War II Veteran

Somebody stole every last dime in the bank account of the United States' oldest living World War II veteran.

Austin, TX – Thieves have drained the personal bank account of the United States’ oldest living World War II veteran.

Richard Overton’s family was dismayed when they discovered that somebody had used the 112-year-old man’s bank account to purchase savings bonds with Treasury Direct over a period of several months, KXAN reported.

Richard’s cousin, Volma Overton Jr., said he first discovered something was off about the account when he went to make a deposit for the supercentenarian. So he went to the bank to figure out what the problem was, KXAN reported.

He said he found out the only money left in Richard’s account was the deposit that he had just made.

"I looked at it — what the hell are these debits?" was his first reaction, Volma told the Austin American-Statesmen.

He said the bank has been very helpful, and that he’s also sent a letter to Treasury Direct; however, the family has not notified police, KXAN reported.

It’s not difficult to find out lots of information about Richard, including his birthdate, online. The entire city celebrated the local legend’s birthday with a block party in March, according to the Austin-American Statesman. But they don’t know how the thieves got ahold of his Social Security number.

"We wanted to put word out about them using his name with stolen ID," Volma told KXAN. "It might help others realize how vulnerable we all are to this."

He wouldn’t specify how much money was stolen from the World War II veteran’s account, but said it was a “considerable amount.”

Fortunately, the account that was raided was Richard’s personal checking account, and not the bank account used for money that has been generously donated to assist with his round-the-clock. That GoFundMe has raised more than $300,000 to assist with his $480-per-day, nearly $15,000-a-month care expenses, KXAN reported.

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HCD_is_my_bitch
HCD_is_my_bitch

Firing squad for the perps.

Mrs10
Mrs10

Sometimes people just really suck. Then again, you see how much was donated in the GoFundMe? So I guess I should say that people are mostly pretty great but that some do really suck.

satmantoo
satmantoo

It sounds like the Real thieves are the people charging him $480 a day to take care of him. This whole thing smells. First, he doesn’t have anyone keeping tract of his bank account? If he needs $480 a day care, and no doubt at his age he does need a lot of care. He also needs someone to take care of his banking needs. Having two members of my family in nursing homes I know a lot about how this works. The family member who is poor get Medicaid to pay for her care. The other member who can afford his care pays $93 a day. I guess everyone loves a sad story. Sounds to me like two crimes have been committed. One by the thieves who hacked this guys account and the other who set up the Go Fund Me account. I hope both are caught a spend a lot of time in jail!

LEO0301
LEO0301

Why wouldn't you contact the police? Something seems fishy about this story.