Aubrey Lee Price, a wanted man by the FBI, has been resurrected from the dead, all thanks to a cracked windshield and some dark window film. During a routine traffic stop in Brunswick, Ga., the 47-year-old fugitive, who was declared dead about a year ago following an apparently faked suicide, was brought into custody after being pulled over for a cracked windshield and illegal levels of window tint New Year’s Eve on Interstate 95.
Ron Corbett, undersheriff for the Glynn County Sheriff’s Office told glassBYTEs.com™ editors that the arrest was a result of his department’s willingness to probe a little deeper during the routine stop.
“Basically, it appeared to them [the officers] while traveling on the interstate that the tinting was darker than Georgia law allows, so they decided to make a traffic stop. They also observed a cracked windshield and saw he had an expired tag registration,” he says. “It was one of those deals where it was a routine thing for our department … but it was nice to bring someone into custody who was on the FBI Most Wanted list for a white-collar crime.”
Current Georgia law states, “Except as provided in this Code section, it shall be unlawful for any person to operate a motor vehicle in this state:
(1) Which has material and glazing applied or affixed to the front windshield, which material and glazing when so applied or affixed reduce light transmission through the windshield; or
(2) Which has material and glazing applied or affixed to the rear windshield or the side or door windows, which material and glazing when so applied or affixed reduce light transmission through the windshield or window to less than 32 percent, plus or minus 3 percent, or increase light reflectance to more than 20 percent.”
According to the FBI Most Wanted poster, Price was wanted “in connection with a multi-million dollar investment scheme in New York.” The bureau was offering a $20,000 reward for information leading to his arrest.
The FBI alleges that between January 2011 and June 2012, Price caused $21 million belonging to a subsidiary of the bank for which he served as director of in Georgia, to be sent to “certain securities accounts.” He then falsified account balances to conceal the theft. A warrant for his arrest was issued June 28, 2012.
Price disappeared before the warrant was issued, however, telling friends and family he had lost a large sum of money and planned to kill himself. Until he was arrested New Year’s Eve, he had not been seen since June 16, 2012, while boarding a ferry in Key West, Fla. A Florida judge later declared him dead.
Price is scheduled for an arraignment and bond hearing today (Wednesday, January 8).