Follow Us

We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message

Microsoft founder Paul Allen had identity stolen by AWOL soldier

Brandon Price accused of removing funds from Citibank account

Article comments

An AWOL US Army soldier is accused of stealing Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen's identity and using it attempt to steal money from Allen's Citibank account.

Court documents alleged that Brandon Price, 30, impersonated Allen on the phone and convinced a Citibank employee to send him a debit card in Allen's name and account number.

Price, who has been absent without leave from the US Army since June 2010, is accused of then attempting to conduct more than $15,000 (£9,500) worth of transactions using the illegally obtained debit card.

According to court records, Price called Citibank's customer service on January 9 and managed to change the address on Allen's account. He also added a new phone number to the account on the same day.

On January 12, Price, representing himself as Allen, called Citibank again, this time to say that he had misplaced his debit card but didnt want to report it as stolen. Price allegedly convinced the bank to send him a replacement debit card.

Price received the card a day later, activated it by phone immediately and used it to successfully make a payment of $658.81 (£413) against a delinquent loan account in Price's name at the Armed Forces Bank. He then attempted to use the card the same day to make a $15,000 Western Union transaction via the phone.

A day later, Price is alleged to have used the card for a $278 purchase at a local Gamestop store and a $1 purchase at a Family Dollar store. Video surveillance cameras at both stores caught Price attempting to make those transactions. Price was arrested March 2 and is being held in federal custody on bank fraud and wire fraud related charges. He faces a maximum of 30 years in prison if convicted.

The complaint against Price alleges that he used a computer in carrying out his theft. However, it's not immediately clear from the complaint how Price used a computer in carrying out his alleged crimes.

It's also not clear from the court documents how Price obtained the identifying information that he would have needed in order to pass himself off as Allen or to get Citibank to change Allen's account address and send him a replacement card.


More from Techworld

More relevant IT news


Eric said: An AWOL US Army soldier is accused of stealing Microsoft co-founder Paul Allens identity and using it attempt to steal money

Send to a friend

Email this article to a friend or colleague:

PLEASE NOTE: Your name is used only to let the recipient know who sent the story, and in case of transmission error. Both your name and the recipient's name and address will not be used for any other purpose.

Techworld White Papers

Choose – and Choose Wisely – the Right MSP for Your SMB

End users need a technology partner that provides transparency, enables productivity, delivers...

Download Whitepaper

10 Effective Habits of Indispensable IT Departments

It’s no secret that responsibilities are growing while budgets continue to shrink. Download this...

Download Whitepaper

Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Information Archiving

Enterprise information archiving is contributing to organisational needs for e-discovery and...

Download Whitepaper

Advancing the state of virtualised backups

Dell Software’s vRanger is a veteran of the virtualisation specific backup market. It was the...

Download Whitepaper

Techworld UK - Technology - Business

Innovation, productivity, agility and profit

Watch this on demand webinar which explores IT innovation, managed print services and business agility.

Techworld Mobile Site

Access Techworld's content on the move

Get the latest news, product reviews and downloads on your mobile device with Techworld's mobile site.

Find out more...

From Wow to How : Making mobile and cloud work for you

On demand Biztech Briefing - Learn how to effectively deliver mobile work styles and cloud services together.

Watch now...

Site Map

* *