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Sunday 22 July 2018
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Identity thief drains bank account of 112-year-old man

Texas — Someone obtained the personal information of a Texas resident who’s believed to be the oldest man in the US and used it to drain his bank account.

The family of Richard Overton 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.

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

He says the money was used to purchase savings bonds.

A police report was filed on Friday.

The money was separate from a 2015 online campaign that raised more than $300 000 for Richard Overton, the nation’s oldest World War II veteran who was at Pearl Harbor just after the Japanese attack.

The fundraiser provided around-the-clock, in-home care for Overton.

-AP