This $4,000. I just... I just don't know what to make of this.
Fred shows up in Amherst the weekend before Maura disappears with $4,000 in cash. Allegedly this is going to go toward a new car for Maura. Forget the fact that it makes more sense to write a check. Or the fact that nobody remembers them talking about getting a new car that day. What was he doing dropping that money on a car when his house is about to be foreclosed on for delinquent taxes that very week?
Fred, himself, told Boston magazine that he visited 8 different ATMs to withdrawal the money on his way to UMass, instead of walking in and withdrawing from a teller. This, too, seems to be a lie and I don't know how it benefits him.
Massachusetts banks, like all banks, put a cap on cash withdrawals. There's usually an $800 cap per ATM (this is due to the machine not being able to spit out a stack of 20s any bigger than that). But there's also a daily cap. According to a representative with Citizens Bank, that cap is $1,000. There is no way to withdraw more than that, even using multiple ATMs unless you call customer service and give them a reason to increase the limit for that day. And if you did this, you could just withdraw from the same ATM.
The only easy way to do that is to withdraw the money in chunks over a series of several days.
There's no mention that Fred ever called the bank. He doesn't mention this in his statement to police and he doesn't mention this tidbit to the Boston mag reporter.
It's very interesting, especially in light of the recent statement by a family spokesperson who said that after the disappearance, Fred put the $4,000 into an account that Maura had access to, in case she needed it.
What that really tells us is that Maura had access to Fred's bank accounts even before she disappeared.
C'mon, man. What's going on with the money?