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Minnesota guardsman accused of stealing military IDs

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By AMY FORLITI
Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A federal affidavit accuses a Minnesota National Guard member of stealing classified information from his former military unit at Fort Bragg, N.C.

The document was obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press and alleges 25-year-old Keith Michael Novak stole names, Social Security numbers and clearance levels of roughly 400 members of the 82nd Airborne Division to make fake identities for his militia.

Prosecutors say Novak served with the 82nd Airborne from 2009 to 2012, including a tour of Iraq in 2010.

He is in federal custody. His father's phone number is unlisted. The federal defender's office has been assigned the case, but an attorney has not been selected to represent him.

Both the Minnesota National Guard and Fort Bragg officials say they'll cooperate with the investigation.

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MINNESOTA NATIONAL GUARD STATEMENT

"The Minnesota National Guard is aware of the charges against Minnesota Army National Guard Soldier Specialist Keith Michael Novak. Spec. Novak is a member of the Bloomington-based A Co., 1st Armored Brigade Special Troops Battalion, where he is assigned as an Intelligence Analyst. He began his one-weekend-a-month assignment with the Minnesota National Guard on Sept. 3, 2012 after transferring from active duty. The Minnesota National Guard is cooperating with the FBI as they continue the investigation." - Lieutenant Colonel Kevin Olson, spokesperson for the Minnesota National Guard.

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