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 World War II 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 checking account, the Dallas Morning News reported.
Volna Overton, his third cousin, said the identity thief has for months been using Overton’s money to buy savings bonds.
“This is going to be a setback for Richard,” she said. “It was a significant amount of money.”
Overton’s bank account, however, is separate from a GoFundMe account that has been financing his in-home care since December 2016. The page has raised nearly $340,000.
Volma said a friend of Overton’s filed a police report Friday.
Overton was verified as the oldest living man in America and the oldest U.S. 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 World War II. He moved to East Austin in 1945 and has remained there ever since. He was honored one year in Washington, D.C., for Veteran’s Day by President Barack Obama.