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Woman recalls working with Bay area banker who faked his own death

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SARASOTA COUNTY, FL (WFLA) - A former Sarasota banker who was legally declared dead is now very much alive and sitting in a jail cell.

Aubrey Lee Price faces 30 years in prison after stealing millions of dollars from investors and then faking his own death.

He used to do business in Sarasota and Bradenton, and News Channel 8 caught up with a woman who worked for him.

The former employee, who chose to remain anonymous, spoke very highly of him. She said he was a hardworking investor who got along well with his clients and loved his wife and four kids.

The woman worked with price for two and a half years in his family business.

The FBI says from 2010 to 2012, Price embezzled $21 million from investors while he worked for a South Georgia bank.

In 2012, he wrote a suicide note, saying he planned to jump off a boat into the Gulf of Mexico.

He then vanished, only to turn up in Brunswick, Georgia during a routine traffic stop on Tuesday.

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"Very shocked. He didn't seem like that type," she said.

Price used to live along in Bradenton, and he was a former pastor.

"The families were always together, talking about the holidays, his sister and father worked in the business as well. And you could just tell it was a really close knit family," his former employee said.

"You wouldn't hear any cursing, any foul language, anything to that effect," she said.

When it appeared that Price took his own life, the woman sent her condolences to his family, but then as time went on, she grew suspicious, and on Tuesday, she realized she was right.

"It wasn't too much of a shock; I was just surprised to hear that he was still in Georgia," said the woman.

She's still shocked at the scope of his crime. She said investors enjoyed working with him, and now she believes he should get what he deserves.

The former employee said, "He should pay the dues and get what's coming to him."

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News Channel 8 contacted a local businessman who worked with Price on some real estate purchases.

The businessman said he did not enjoy working with him, and did not find him trustworthy.

Marion County Sheriff's Deputies raided a home was Price was renting in North Florida.  Inside they found 225 marijuana plants
Price had an appearance in front of a federal judge on Thursday.  He was issued no bond.  Price told the judge that his family did not know he was alive.

He will have another hearing in front of a federal judge in Savannah on Monday.

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