Man who stole Army IDs gets 2 years in prison

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Associated Press

Posted on September 5, 2014 at 1:00 PM

Updated Friday, Sep 5 at 1:01 PM

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota man who pleaded guilty to stealing identification information from members of his former Army unit at North Carolina's Fort Bragg has been sentenced to two years in prison.

Keith Michael Novak was sentenced Friday in federal court on one count of identity theft.

Prosecutors say Novak was a self-described militia leader who sold some of the stolen information, believing false IDs would be made for other militia members so they could "disappear."

U.S. District Judge Patrick Schiltz says Novak's crime was more serious than typical identity theft cases because he stole from fellow soldiers.

In a letter read by his attorney, Novak apologized for his "terrible mistake."

Novak was with the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg from 2009 to 2012 and served in Iraq in 2010.

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