Richard Overton, the oldest man in the US and a WWII veteran, was the victim of identity theft. An unknown person obtained personal information about Overton and used the details to make seven withdrawals over the course of several months, stealing a “significant amount of money.” The theft wasn’t discovered until Overton’s cousin reviewed his accounts.
Upon reviewing Overton’s accounts, his cousin discovered that all of the money was missing aside from a single deposit that had just been made.
Volma Overton, his cousin, didn’t disclose precisely how much had been stolen, only saying that it was a “significant amount of money,” according to a report by the Daily Mail.
On Friday, a police report was filed regarding the theft. Volma said that the money was used by an unknown person to purchase savings bonds and that the withdrawals were made over a “couple of months.”
The money that was taken was separate from the funds raised through an online campaign to assist with Overton’s care.
Overton, a resident of Austin, Texas, is the oldest WWII veteran in the nation. He was at Pearl Harbor after the Japanese attack.
“It’s a shock,” said Volma. “It hurts, it hurts tremendously.”
“I looked at it – what the hell are these debits?” he continued.
The thief managed to acquire Overton’s Social Security number, allowing them to set up a fake bank account and gain access to Overton’s checking account.
Luckily, the checking account that was compromised was not connected to the GoFundMe page, the funds from which help cover the costs of Overton’s care.
Volma stated that he and a friend are working on sorting out the financial mess created by the theft.
“We wanted to put word out about them using his name with stolen ID,” said Volma. “It might help others realize how vulnerable we all are to this.”
‘My mind goes up and down the gamut from A to Z of who it could be, but it could be someone in a foreign country,’ he added.
The Austin Police Department is investigating the theft and working with Overton’s family.
Those who wish to contribute to Overton’s care can make a donation through the family’s GoFundMe page.