Bank Returns Funds After Thieves Empty Account of America’s Oldest Living Veteran

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Bank Returns Funds After Thieves Empty Account of America’s Oldest Living Veteran


After a thief stole the identity of the oldest living veteran in the United States and emptied his account, his bank returned his money.

According to Volma Overton, the cousin of 112-year-old Richard Overton, Bank of America returned the funds and fully restored Richard’s bank account.

The bank and the Austin Police Department are both investigating the theft, which was first noticed on June 27 when his cousin made a deposit into the account.

“I looked at it — what the hell are these debits?” Volma told local TV station KXAN.

There were 4 suspicious debits by Treasury Direct, a company that deals in savings bonds.


Richard’s family would not say how much was actually stolen, but it was describes as a “considerable amount.”

Overton volunteered to fight in WWII in 1942, becoming a member of the Army’s 188th Aviation Engineer Battalion, an all-black unit that served on various islands in the Pacific.

He was honored by President Obama in 2013 at a Veterans Day ceremony at Arlington National Ceremony.

According to the Gerontology Research Group, Overton is the oldest living World War II veteran in the United States.