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Pittsburgh man charged in stealing Microsoft co-founder's identity


PITTSBURGH - A Pittsburgh man was arrested and charged in attempting to steal one of the world's richest men's identities.

According to federal court documents Brandon Lee Price, of Pittsburgh, was charged with wire fraud and bank fraud after he successfully changed a bank account address of the co-founder of Microsoft, Paul Allen.

Investigators said Price claimed that he misplaced his debit card and the bank sent him a new one.

Police said Price then attempted several transactions, including the transfer of $15,000 through Western Union.

Investigators said Price orchestrated the scheme from his home in East Liberty and said he was caught on video attempting to use the fraudulent card at at least two East Liberty businesses.