Solider pleads guilty to Paul Allen identity theft

PITTSBURGH  — An American soldier from Pittsburgh has pleaded guilty to FBI charges that he illegally obtained a credit card using the identity of Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen and tried to use it to make purchases and access cash in western Pennsylvania.

Twenty-nine-year-old Brandon Lee Price pleaded guilty Thursday to four counts of bank fraud. He is free on bond and will be sentenced Sept. 30.

Price also faces desertion charges because he was missing from his post in Louisiana when he was arrested last year.

It’s not immediately clear what happened in the military’s case against Price, but federal criminal court records show he was recently locked down in a psychiatric unit of a Veterans Affairs hospital. That’s why a change of plea hearing scheduled last month was postponed until Thursday.

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