A Pittsburgh man charged by the FBI with stealing the identity of Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen will first face desertion charges filed at the Louisiana Army base where the man is now stationed.
Major Lewis Kliem tells The Associated Press that 28-year-old Brandon Lee Price is charged with illegally leaving his unit at Fort Polk, La., in early July 2010 and wasn’t found by the Army until he was charged by the FBI in Pittsburgh last month. Kliem is the chief of justice – or senior prosecutor – who handles criminal charges against soldiers stationed at the Louisiana base.
The AP could not immediately determine whether Price has been assigned an attorney in the desertion case. Kliem says Price is not in custody. He’s still serving with his unit, the 10th Mountain Division, while the charge is processed.