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America's Oldest Man, Richard Overton, Robbed of His Savings

01 July 2018

The Gerontology Research Group's database of the oldest living people in the world states that Overton is the oldest living man in America.

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

Overton's family says Social Security and banking account numbers for the 112-year-old Austin man were used to make seven withdrawals over the past several months. Volma said it turns out that a company that buys savings bonds is behind it. "It hurts tremendously", Volma Overton, Richard's cousin, said.

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Volma Overton, Richard Overton's cousin said the family was making a deposit into his personal account Wednesday when they realized it was empty.

He said it's not hard to find information on Overton with all of his notoriety but he isn't certain how the thieves got a hold of his social security number. A police report was filed Friday.

He told KXAN that the family doesn't know who could be behind the theft, but he suspects it could be "someone in a foreign country".

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Richard Overton in March 2017, after a special presentation honouring him as the oldest living American war veteran.

Fortunately, Overton's compromised account was not connected to the GoFundMe campaign that was setup to help pay for 24/7 care in his home.

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.

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"He's going to be upset", Martin Wilford, a close family friend, told KomoNews.

America's Oldest Man, Richard Overton, Robbed of His Savings