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Identity thief drains bank account of 112-year-old Texas man

Identity thief drains bank account of 112-year-old Texas man
Richard Overton leaves the court ion March 23, 2017, after a special presentation honoring him as the oldest living American war veteran, during an NBA game between the Memphis Grizzlies and the San Antonio Spurs. (Darren Abate / Associated Press)

Someone obtained the personal information of a Texas resident who's believed to be the oldest man in the U.S. 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 last several months.

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His cousin, Volma Overton, declined to say how much was stolen but said it was a "significant amount of money." He said the money was used to purchase savings bonds. A police report was filed 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 24-hour in-home care for Overton.

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