Army Identity Theft Case Update 04 Jan 14

A federal judge has ordered that a Minnesota man accused of stealing identification information from members of his former Army unit will stay in custody pending trial. Keith Michael Novak is charged with fraud in connection with identity theft. He is a self-described commander of a militia, and prosecutors say he planned to use the stolen information to make fake IDs for militia members. The judge in the case announced this week that Novak will stay in custody because no condition of release could reasonably assure the community would be safe. Novak allegedly threatened violence, and testimony during a hearing last month revealed he was armed when arrested. Novak’s attorney had argued for his release, saying the statements Novak made were nothing more than boasting.