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Minnesota Guardsman in court on military ID theft charges

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A Minnesota National Guard member accused of stealing IDs from hundreds of members of his former Army unit is scheduled to appear in federal court Monday.

Spc. Keith Novak, 25, of Maplewood, Minn. is an Iraq War veteran and is currently an intelligence analyst with the Minnesota National Guard. Before that, he was at North Carolina's Fort Bragg, and the federal charges say that's where the trouble started.

According to the complaint, Novak went to a military training camp almost a year ago and met two undercover FBI employees posing as militia members. A few months later, he gave them encrypted files containing the Social Security numbers, names and birth dates of 400 members of his former Army unit, the charges allege.

According to the complaint, investigators believe Novak also stole half a dozen bulletproof vests and had previously given 10 to members of his militia.

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At Novak's father's home in Wayzata, Minn., investigators found more radio reflective camouflage netting and riot gear -- and Novak himself told investigators he has an "AK in his bed" and 5,000 various rounds ready to go.

The complaint also details some of the military-style field training Novak allegedly coordinated in rural Minnesota just three months ago, and investigators believe he has access to firearms all over the state.

Novak remains in custody.


"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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