Pa. Microsoft ID theft suspect now charged by Army



PITTSBURGH (AP) — A Pittsburgh man charged by the FBI with stealing the identity of Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen will first face desertion charges filed at the Louisiana Army base where he’s now stationed.

Major Lewis Kliem (klym) tells The Associated Press that 28-year-old Brandon Lee Price is charged with illegally leaving his unit at Fort Polk in early July 2010 and wasn’t found by the Army until he was charged by the FBI in Pittsburgh last month.

The AP couldn’t immediately determine whether Price had been assigned an attorney in the desertion case. Kliem says Price isn’t in custody.

In the identity theft case, investigators say Price changed the address on a bank account held by Allen, then had a debit card sent to his Pittsburgh home.