When you are on the run from the U.S. Military, committing a major act of fraud and identity theft is probably not the brightest idea. The FBI says that they have apprehended an AWOL Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania soldier who pretended to be former Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen. In an indictment unsealed on Monday, investigators allege that 28-year-old Brandon Lee Price called Citibank in January and requested a change of address on Paul Allen's bank account – from Seattle, Washington to Pittsburgh.
After the change was made, Price had a new debit card issued to him at the new address and attempted making various purchases and transactions that included paying $658.81 on his Armed Forces Bank loan account and making various video game-related purchases at a game store and a dollar store. The debit card was also used to make an attempted $15,000 Western Union transaction.
Investigators also learned that Price was listed as "Absent Without Leave from the Army" and wanted as a deserter Price was ordered by the court to be detained until April 2 unless the Army decides to take him into custody.
Paul Allen co-founded Microsoft with Bill Gates in 1975. Allen left Microsoft in 1983. He owns the Seattle Seahawks and the Portland Trail Blazers sports team, and is the founder and chairman of Vulcan Inc. Forbes Magazine estimates that Allen’s net worth is somewhere around $14.2 billion.