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Microsoft Co-Founder Had ‘Identity’ Stolen

From the NBC affiliate in Pittsburgh, WPXI:

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

March 27, 2012

PHILADELPHIA — An AWOL soldier’s simple scheme to defraud one of the richest men in the world has landed him in federal custody, according to a criminal complaint.

In the complaint unsealed Monday, federal investigators allege Brandon Lee Price changed the address on a bank account held by billionaire Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, then had a debit card sent to his Pittsburgh home so he could use it for payments on a delinquent Armed Forces Bank account and personal expenses.

Price called Citibank in January and changed the address on an account held by Allen from Seattle to Pittsburgh, then called back three days later to say he’d lost his debit card and asked for a new one to be sent to him, an FBI investigator wrote in a criminal complaint filed in February.

The card was used to attempt a $15,000 Western Union transaction and make a $658.81 payment on the Armed Forces Bank loan account the day it was activated, according to the complaint. Surveillance footage also captured him attempting purchases at a video game store and a dollar store, authorities alleged

Well, given that Paul Allen’s net worth is estimated to be around $14.2 billion dollars, the accused didn’t think very big, did he?

Still, notice that federal investigators were involved in this arrest. Was that because of Mr. Allen’s involvement, or is it just standard procedure for ‘identity theft’ attempts?

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, March 27th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “Microsoft Co-Founder Had ‘Identity’ Stolen”

  1. NoNeoCommies says:

    So, this tool was too dim to turn the info into cash before paying off debts that lead to his front door?
    Thank goodness for stupidity and ignorance.
    We wouldn’t catch 75% of criminals without it.

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