Oldest veteran in the U.S., 112, robbed of savings, identity, family says



America’s oldest veteran is now the oldest man in America

Austin city council honors Richard Overton by naming street in his honor.

American’s oldest man and oldest military veteran has reportedly been the victim of identity theft.

According to the family of Richard Overton, 112, a second world War veteran who lives in Austin, Texas, an unknown thief set up a fake bank account with Overton’s social security number and accessed his personal bank account, the Dallas Morning News reported.

Volna Overton, his cousin, said the identity thief has for months been using Overton’s money to buy savings bonds.

“This is a setback for Richard,” she said. “It was a significant amount of money.”

Overton bank account, however, is unrelated to a GoFundMe account that is funding in home care since December of 2016. The page has raised nearly $340,000.

Volma said a friend of Overton has been filed with the police Friday.

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

According to the Morning News, Overton maintains a daily habit of 12 cigars, and occasionally indulges in whiskey and cola.

Overton served in Hawaii and the South Pacific during the second world War. He moved to the East of Austin in 1945 and has remained there ever since. He was also honored one year in Washington, D. C., for Veteran’s Day by President Barack Obama.

Bradford Betz is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @bradford_betz.

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