Alleged Thief Picked Billionaire Microsoft Co-Founder To Defraud

Maybe stealing from someone super rich seemed like a good idea at the time, but using the credit card of the co-founder of Microsoft? Someone’s bound to notice that. The FBI says a U.S. soldier changed the address on a bank account belonging to Paul Allen and then had a debit card sent to his home.

According to the Associated Press (via USA Today) investigators say the soldier was absent without leave and wanted by the Army as a deserter when he called Citibank in January, and had Allen’s address switched from Seattle to Pittsburgh. He then called back a few days later and reported his debit card lost and asked for a new one to be sent to him. And whaddya know, Citibank believed he was one of the world’s richest men and sent it.

According to the criminal complaint, the man allegedly tried to use the card to make payments on a delinquent Armed Forces bank account, attempted a $15,000 Western Union transaction and was also caught on film using it at a video game store as well as a dollar store.

The man was arrested on March 2 and will be detained until April 2 unless the Army takes him into custody.

FBI: Soldier stole Microsoft co-founder’s identity [USA Today]

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  1. McRib wants to know if you've been saved by the Holy Clown says:

    Go big.

  2. alpha says:

    +1 on audacity, good in execution, poor in follow-up. He should have consulted with the Russians on how to siphon huge amount before disappearing….

  3. exconsumer says:

    Don’t steal from people like that. The powers that be won’t even pretend not to give them special treatment.

  4. KyBash says:

    A thief stealing from a thief.

    If I was on the jury, I’d ask the judge in open court if we’re allowed to consider what a slimy, backstabbing rip-off artist the ‘victim’ is when we’re deliberating whether to send the defendant to jail or give him a medal.

    • Dr. Ned - This underwear is Sofa King Comfortable! says:

      Yeah what kind of scumbag would be noted as having been the most generous living American philanthropist….

  5. Blueskylaw says:

    “Alleged Thief Picked Billionaire Microsoft Co-Founder To Defraud”

    The alleged thief managed to buy a Caribbean island, a home in the Hamptons, most of Cuba, a painting of Elvis done on purple velvet and a pizzeria in New Jersey before Seal Team Six managed to locate and terminate him with EXTREME prejudice.

  6. dolemite says:

    So how does a complete stranger simply call up a creditor and have the address changed and new cards issued?

  7. Hoss says:

    Glad our FBI is helping in these situations. They are helping everyone, right?

  8. Ashman says:

    He would have been better off instead of reporting the card lost, which deactivates the other card, he should have said the magnetic strip was not reading. they would have sent a duplicate card in that case.

    when the other guy tried to use his card it would still work therefore he would not have noticed right away…

    When my wifes card would not read the magnetic strip all the time she told the bank and they sent her a duplicate card. she was still able to use her old card too because at times it would read just fine. so she had two working debit cards with the same account number.

    If he was going to steal like that, once he had the card and a pin, he would have been better off just withdrawing as much money as possible then leaving town…

    • Tunnen says:

      I think it depends on the bank. My bank, upon issuing a new card, allows the existing card to still work (I’m assuming they’d deactivate if it was due to being lost/stolen) but once you use the new card in any machine it deactivates the old card.

      • Nidoking says:

        For replacing expired or defective cards, most likely. If the card is reported lost or stolen, and especially if there are already fraudulent uses on the account, you’d better believe they’re deactivating that card immediately.

  9. undeadsac says:

    I worked for Citibank for 10 years in multiple departments and the things that people would try to get away with and the things that Citi let them get away with was astounding. Stupidity and bureaucracy got in the way of any type of legitimate soltutions that would be beneficial to either the client or the business. so glad i’m not there anymore.

  10. kursk says:

    Well, Google chutzpah and you’ll see this guys picture.

  11. econobiker says:

    This was like the credit card and account fraud guy back in the early 2000’s who targeted high net worth individuals who had recently passed away.

  12. Press1forDialTone says:

    The worst possible dishonorable discharge for you boy!
    Guess that that will get you? No job from here to Timbuktu which
    is where I suggest you move before we deport you, scum.