In the category of news about people with hearts of stone - not just plain-old stone, but ice-cold stone from the ice age - comes revelations that someone has drained the bank account of the country's oldest World War II veteran, multiple news organizations are reporting. He now has a new distinction: the oldest American to be robbed of his savings, reports Newsweek.
The bank is helping the family track down the culprit, Volma Overton Jr. said, but the family wanted to share their experience to prevent others from being victimized.
Volma Overton said he discovered this week that someone used his cousin's personal account to buy several savings bonds.More news: Messi, Ronaldo bow out in dramatic knockout openers
Richard Overton, 112-years-old, the 3rd oldest man on the planet, the oldest male in the United States, and the oldest military veteran. Overton's family members said the amount stolen from his personal bank account was a considerable amount.
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. Overton's cousin, Volma Overton Jr., told CNN affiliate KXAN. Since it was first created in December 2016, more than $320,000 has been raised for the WWII veteran. Once it's gone and the caregivers go, Volma fears Overton will, too.
"He's going to be upset", Martin Wilford, a close family friend, told KomoNews. He's the oldest man in America, verified by the Gerontology Research Group, and the oldest US veteran. He'll hum with the birds, snoop on his neighbors and wave at honking cars.