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FBI: AWOL Pennsylvania soldier stole Microsoft co-founder's identity

Paul Allen

Microsoft co-founder and Portland Trail Blazers owner Paul Allen. (AP)

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.

WPXI-TV first reported the arrest.

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