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Dead or alive? FBI hunts Georgia banker accused of embezzling millions

The FBI is offering up to $20,000 for information leading to the arrest of a Georgia banker who disappeared in June along with millions of dollars in bank funds.

Authorities are looking for Aubrey Lee Price, who went missing June 16. He is wanted for wire fraud. Before Price, disappeared, the FBI said he told acquaintances "he had lost a large amount of money through trading activities and that he planned to kill himself."


Price was responsible for investing approximately $17 million for the Montgomery Bank & Trust in Ailey, Ga., about 170 miles southeast of Atlanta.

The U.S. Attorney's Office complaint claims that Price instead wired the money to accounts he controls at other banks. Price allegedly also tried to fool the bank by giving altered documents to management.

Price, 46, was last seen getting on a ferry boat in Key West, Fla., en route to Fort Myers, Fla.

Though Price claimed in notes to friends that he intended to kill himself, NBC-2.com reported that the Coast Guard has not found his body and the FBI believes he's still alive.

Price has connections in not only Florida, but also Georgia, and may travel to Guatemala or Venezuela, according to the FBI.

Those with any information about this case or Price's whereabouts are asked to contact the FBI.

Last Friday, the Georgia Department of Banking and Finance closed the bank and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) was named "receiver." The two branches of the Montgomery Bank & Trust were set to be reopened for customers on Monday, under Ameris Bank.

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