Richard Overton Black World War II veteran's bank account emptied

Thieves drain bank account of oldest US veteran

Richard Overton, the nation's oldest WWII veteran has fallen victim to identity theft.

Cousin Volma Overton declined to say how much was stolen but said it was a 'significant amount of money'.

The unidentified thief somehow managed to get their hands on Overton's Social Security number, which they used to set up a fake bank account and access his personal checking account. The thief or thieves reportedly used the account to purchase savings bonds with Treasury Direct, the report says. A police report on the incident was filed Friday.

The world's oldest person, a 117-year-old Japanese woman, has died.

They discovered the issue Thursday when one of the World War II veteran's cousins made a deposit into his account.

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"It's a shock, it hurts, it hurts tremendously", Volma Overton Jr., Richard Overton's cousin, told television news outlet.

His family would not discuss the amount of money that was taken but said it was a "considerable amount". Relatives say someone has stolen his identity and emptied his bank account.

Overton was verified as the oldest living man in America and the oldest USA veteran by the Gerontology Research Group.

In 2016, his family launched a GoFundMe page to raise funds to help pay for Overton's round-the-clock home care.

Born on May 11, 1906, in St. Mary's Colony, Bastrop County, Texas, Richard is the grandson of a Tennessee slave who moved to Texas upon emancipation. After the war, he returned to Austin and would spend many years working for Governor Ann Richards.

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