The FBI never believed that Georgia banker Aubrey Lee Price was really dead when they continued to hunt for him despite a Florida judge declaring him dead last year. And on Jan. 2 it was revealed that not only was he not dead, but the man accused of a multimillion dollar theft was riding around in a darkly-tinted 2006 Dodge Ram pickup truck here in the state, according to an NBC News report.
Price was last heard from when he told associates he was going to throw himself from a ferry after losing money due to trading losses. That was when he was in Key West, Florida in June of 2012. But a mere traffic stop performed on Interstate 95 in Brunswick this week helped the federal agency get their man, according to the Helen Independent Record on Thursday. And it was all thanks to his driving around in a vehicle with tinted windows.
Tinted window laws vary between states and even from city to city, as not every locale or law enforcement agency feels this particular vehicle accessory should be regulated or warrant a traffic stop or fine. But Brunswick obviously does, and a white collar criminal wanted by the FBI would not be in custody if they didn't feel that way.
The U.S. Attorney's office in Savannah report that 47-year-old Aubrey Lee Price will now face a federal judge on Thursday in Brunswick for his alleged crimes. And the former Georgia banker told agents his family had no idea he has been alive all this time. And if he had not felt the need to get his tag renewed, he would not have even been in the area in the first place, he admitted.
Many criminals have been apprehended due to traffic stops. But this may be the first one sought by the FBI who was apprehended because of driving a vehicle with tinted windows. It isn't the first they have caught due to criminal stupidity, however, as what person trying to play dead goes and renews their auto tag?
Check out the other white collar criminals being sought by the federal law enforcement agency. And let them know if you have seen them anywhere. There could be a reward in it for you.
Atlanta Crime Examiner Radell Smith has a degree in criminal justice and behavioral forensics.