Man accused of taking Army IDs to stay in custody

  • Posted: Monday, December 16, 2013 5:18 p.m.
    UPDATED: Monday, December 16, 2013 11:48 p.m.
AP Photo/Sherburne County Sheriff
In this Dec. 11 photo is Minnesota National Guardsman Keith Michael Novak. 
Novak faces federal fraud charges in connection with the theft of names, Social Security numbers and security clearance levels of roughly 400 members of his former Army unit in Fort Bragg, N.C. The Iraq War veteran intended to use the confidential material to create fake IDs for his militia, court documents say.
AP Photo/Sherburne County Sheriff In this Dec. 11 photo is Minnesota National Guardsman Keith Michael Novak. Novak faces federal fraud charges in connection with the theft of names, Social Security numbers and security clearance levels of roughly 400 members of his former Army unit in Fort Bragg, N.C. The Iraq War veteran intended to use the confidential material to create fake IDs for his militia, court documents say.

MINNEAPOLIS — An Iraq War veteran accused of stealing the identification information of hundreds of members of his former Army unit will remain in custody.

Twenty-five-year-old Keith Michael Novak appeared at a detention hearing in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis on Monday.

Defense attorney Anders Folk argued that Novak should be released, saying he is not a flight risk and that statements he’s accused of making were nothing more than boasting.

FBI Special Agent Christopher Crowe testified that Novak resisted arrest and had a fully loaded semi-automatic pistol as well as brass knuckles and a folding knife.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Franklin Noel ordered that Novak remain in custody.

The case will be referred to a grand jury.

Novak’s next court hearing was not set.

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