'Dead' Fugitive Banker Allegedly Grew Marijuana Plants in Hiding
(NEW YORK) -- Aubrey Lee Price, the former banker who faked his own death and is accused of $21 million in wire fraud before his 2012 disappearance, was allegedly found to be growing marijuana in a Florida house where he was staying.
Price, 47, was stopped while driving on I-95 in Glynn County, Ga., on Wednesday for a tinted window violation, according to police. Officers said that it was clear Price was giving them false information during the stop, and were soon able to determine he was wanted by the FBI.
Also on Wednesday, drug enforcement officers in Marion County, Fla. were called by a neighbor, who reported seeing marijuana plants in a nearby house. After police investigated the home they found 225 marijuana plants along with evidence that the person renting the house, who was known as "Jason," was actually Aubrey Lee Price.
Price, a former banker originally from Lyons, Ga., is alleged to have funneled approximately $21 million of money held at Montgomery Bank & Trust in Ailey, Ga., to security accounts. He then falsely represented the securities account balances to conceal his theft of funds or his trading losses, according to the FBI.
Price disappeared in June 2012 after leaving a rambling suicide note, where he admitted he had lost a large amount of money through trading activities and he was planning to kill himself by jumping from a ferry boat off the Florida coast.
Before his arrest on Tuesday, Price was last seen boarding a ferry boat in Key West, Fla., bound for Fort Myers, Fla.,. Although a Florida judge officially ruled that Price was dead a year ago, the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation never stopped searching for him, and had offered a $20,000 reward for his arrest.
Price was also married with children at the time of his disappearance. His family has not been charged with any crime related to his disappearance.
One of the deputies who arrested Price Tuesday, Deputy Justin Juliano from the Glynn County Sheriff's Department, told ABC News affiliate WJXX-TV that Price told him that the arrest would make Juliano "famous."
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