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FBI: Pa. man stole Microsoft co-founder's identity

Tuesday, March 27, 2012
** FILE ** In this July 13, 2007 file photo, Vulcan chairman and Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen arrives at the annual Allen and Co.s media conference in Sun Valley, Idaho. Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, who has seen his massive investment in cable operator Charter Communications Inc. vanish, at least on paper. He holds a 51 percent stake in Charter, now the nations fourth-largest cable operator, with 5.5 million customers in 27 states. Its his biggest investment since leaving Microsoft in 1983. (AP Photo/Douglas C. Pizac, File)

** FILE ** In this July 13, 2007 file photo, Vulcan chairman and Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen arrives at the annual Allen and Co.'s media conference in Sun Valley, Idaho. Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, who has seen his massive investment in cable operator Charter Communications Inc. vanish, at least on paper. He holds a 51 percent stake in Charter, now the nation's fourth-largest cable operator, with 5.5 million customers in 27 states. It's his biggest investment since leaving Microsoft in 1983. (AP Photo/Douglas C. Pizac, File)

An AWOL soldier from Pittsburgh is charged with bank fraud for allegedly stealing the identity of one of the world's richest men: Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen.

A federal criminal complaint unsealed Monday says 28-year-old Brandon Lee Price called Citibank in January and changed the address on Allen's account from Seattle to one in Pittsburgh, then had a new debit card sent to him at that address.

Investigators say Price used the card to attempt $15,000 in transactions, including paying on a delinquent Armed Forces Bank account and making purchases at a video game store before his March 2 arrest.

A detention order says Price will be detained until April 2 unless the Army takes him into custody.

An email to Price's public defender wasn't immediately returned Tuesday.

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