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Fugitive ran grow house out of Marion County

The property owner stated that he rents that location to a man named “Jason” but the investigation revealed that “Jason” is Aubrey Lee Price.
The property owner stated that he rents that location to a man named “Jason” but the investigation revealed that “Jason” is Aubrey Lee Price.
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Updated: 1/02 11:53 pm
CITRA, Fla. -- On a quiet street in Citra, Florida, sits an old, dark trailer that's been home to a fugitive for over a year.

Aubrey Lee Price was arrested Tuesday during a traffic stop in Glynn County. The former South Georgia investment banker has been on the run since June 2012, accused of embezzling $21 million. 

Before leaving town, Price sent a confession letter to his family with plans to commit suicide. Days later, the FBI obtained footage of Price in Key West, but that was the last confirmed contact.

Months later, Price moved into a Marion County home after meeting Richard Sipe of Jacksonville. Sipe runs a homeless outreach program and came to know Price as "Jason" who was in need of a fresh start. 

Sipe tells Action News he allowed "Jason" to move into his property in Citra and build a strawberry farm. 

Price's former neighbors tell Action News they believed he was building a nursery. 
 
"It's hard to believe," says Jermaine Jackson, who lived directly behind Price and spoke with him often. 

"He seemed like a good guy - good neighbor. He'd come over and ask if I needed anything and that's about it."
 
Jackson says Price never spoke of his past, and gave Jackson no indication that he wasn't who he said. 

"The only thing that seemed odd to me was that he was very well-spoken and always dressed nice, but he lived in that trailer and drove and old brown truck. His look didn't fit where he lived."

Jackson says he was shocked to see the Marion County Sheriff's Office raiding the home Wednesday night, and removing 225 marajuana plants. 

The drugs were found by Sipe who checked the home after seeing coverage of Price's arrest.

Jackson says he hasn't seen Price in approximately two months. 

Marion County animal control removed one of Price's two dogs Wednesday citing abandonment. 
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