DALLAS — Bank of America has restored funds stolen from 112-year-old veteran Richard Overton’s account, his family said.

Overton, a World War II veteran who lives in Austin, learned his bank account had been drained Friday, his third cousin Volma Overton said. “Someone set up a bogus account, got his Social Security number and accessed his personal checking account,” Volma Overton said.

He said the family was shocked when the bank called and asked them to come in and sign for the restored funds.

“Man, I teared up,” he said. “I couldn’t believe it. They made it happen. The executive of the company said he’d take care of this, and he took care of it.”

A Bank of America spokeswoman confirmed Wednesday that the bank was investigating the issue and had credited Richard Overton’s account. Austin police were also investigating, along with federal authorities.

Now, the oldest man in America can spend his days as he always does: sitting on his front porch, where he smokes 12 cigars a day and sips on whiskey and coke.

“Everything’s back just like it was,” Volma Overton said.

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