GLYNN COUNTY, Ga. - A banker accused of taking millions from investors, including some from metro Atlanta, appeared in court today after disappearing for more than a year.
One-time minister and bank investor Aubrey Price made his first court appearance in federal court for bank fraud. He said for the past year he has been homeless and traveled the country as a migrant worker.
The U.S. attorney accuses him of taking $21 million and trying to fake his death in July 2012. A Florida judge even declared him dead. The FBI never believed Price was dead and said they saw him on surveillance video at a Florida airport after his supposed death.
One of Price's 115 alleged victims, Wendy Cross, stated that Price "seemed like a really good guy. I was a completely terrible judge of character."
Cross said that Price stole her life savings of hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Price was captured by Glynn County deputies after a routine traffic stop on Interstate 95 in Brunswick, Georgia.
Channel 2 Action News received video of Price's gold-colored pickup at J & M Towing. Officers stopped him because the tint of his windows was too dark, not realizing he was wanted by the FBI.
An attorney who represents 60 Georgians who say Price stole their money doesn't believe Cross or the other alleged victims will ever get their money back.
"I don't think for a minute that he's going to put any money back into his victims' pockets. I don't think he has the ability to do that," said the attorney.
Investigators are reviewing Price's finances. It's unclear if he has any of the alleged stolen money. He also has another court appearance Monday in Savannah.
He is being transferred to Bullock County.