'Dead' Banker Shows Up Alive 18 Months After Wife & Kids Lost Him to 'Suicide'

Aubrey Lee PriceHow's this for a crazy story to start the new year? A father thought to have committed suicide 18 months ago is back from the dead and headed to prison after a routine traffic stop! Banker Aubrey Lee Price was facing a federal indictment for embezzlement in 2012 when he disappeared, leaving his wife and kids to believe he'd died by throwing himself off of a ferry boat. 

But when police stopped him for overly tinted windows in Brunswick, Georgia, Price 'fessed up to having been on the run for a year and a half after faking his own death!

Say it with me now: What. A. Jerk.

His poor wife! His poor kids!

For 18 months, they've apparently thought Dad was dead, as Price himself admits his family didn't know what was going on. And this whole time he was wandering the country, growing out his hair and working odd jobs?

Just to avoid prison?

According to the allegations against him, Price, a former pastor, had lost millions in an investment scheme, so he'd moved $21 million from various accounts at the Montgomery Bank & Trust to cover up thefts and losses. The moves caused the bank's collapse, and Price was facing some pretty hefty federal charges in the case when he wrote out a suicide note and boarded a ferry headed for Fort Myers, Florida. Video showed Price getting on the ferry, but no one saw him get off the on the other end. The Coast Guard searched for a body, but none came up.

The 47-year-old had reportedly told his family of plans to leap off a ferry to kill himself, and a judge eventually declared him dead.

Only the FBI never agreed with the judge, and now we know why.

Price is alive and well.

And his poor wife and kids have to live with the fact that he abandoned them.

You know, there are a lot of things in this world that are forgivable. Embezzlement is not something I agree with, but if he'd faced up to the crimes and done the time, well, you could see a woman standing by her man. She doesn't have to condone what he did to still love him.

But a man who abandons his wife and kids? Who lets them go through the pain and suffering commensurate with grieving a loved one?

That's a lot to forgive!

I don't know if the relief that the father of my kids is alive would be enough to carry me over that hump.

How about you? What would your reaction be?


Images via Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office; Glynn County Detention Center

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aimhawk aimhawk

I wonder if they cashed in a life insurance policy. I mean he was declared legally dead, but do you think they would make them pay it back?

David Murphy

I actually went to school with him. Everyone has been distraught & shocked about the whole thing, and have been trying to be there to support his family...as I am sure they're all up in arms about the situation on both accounts. Prayers being sent to the family...as they are in need of all support.

Penel... PenelopesMom

Man...sometimes it's just so hard to understand what makes people tick. 


nonmember avatar nancy

This guy deserves what he gets in prison , I feel for the wife and kids going through this , he's just a lame piece of crap that likes to steal and not face the consequences plus being a pastor as well , well only god can forgive this piece of shit burn in hell becuz thats where you belong.

Joyza... Joyzap2003

They will have to pay back all of the life insurance money and all of the survivors benefits they have received from Social Security.

Angel... Angel89411

You typically don't get life insurance if the person commits suicide. 

squee... squeekumsaus

He would be wishing he was dead if I was his wife

nonmember avatar Pam Smith

Crappy things happen. Oh well. Worst things have happened that go unreported to the public. He did them a favor- they didn't lose anything but a headache.

TygrrEyz TygrrEyz

Can't get the life insurance money if it is a suicide. I don't know about the survivor benefits. They might make him pay the money back as part of his restitution and not his family.

Momm2... Momm2threeboyz

Not sure about  the money aspect of it, but what a sorry piece of man!! To go from something tolerable then hit bumps and COMPLETELY transform to be someone else and duck from your wife and kids and make them think you're dead..is unimaginable!! 

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