Authorities have never been so happy to see a criminal alive.
A former banker wanted for $21 million in wire fraud was arrested on Tuesday. Many believed the man, 47 year old Aubrey Lee Price, was dead after he left a suicide note for family members in 2012 saying he planned to jump off a ferry in Key West.
"My depression and discouragement have driven me to deep anxiety, fear and shame. I am emotionally overwhelmed and incapable of continuing in this life," his letter said. "I created false statements, covered up my losses and deceived and hurt the very people I was trying to help.”
Credit card records show Price did indeed purchase dive weights and a ferry ticket. His ferry ticket was scanned and surveillance video shows he was in Key West on the day of his ferry’s scheduled departure. A Florida judge ruled Price legally dead. Despite this, the FBI left his case open and offered a $20,000 reward to anyone who brought forth information leading to his arrest.
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But at some point Price changed his mind and decided not to take his life -- that is, unless his plan all along was to fake his suicide in the most convincing manner possible. Now, 18 months, later he’s surfaced.
Georgia police pulled over a man on Tuesday for having excessively tinted windows. Despite sporting long hair and a beard that are in stark contrast to his previous clean-cut image, police recognized who he was. He was arrested on the spot and will now appear before an Atlanta federal court in the coming months.
It is believed Price kept up to $17 million of the $40 million he raised from investors before disappearing from his personal and professional life.