Banking institutionalized

Latunya Wright

Miller's former Great Southern Bank building is now the property of Latunya Wright, under her MZ BIZ, LLC. (photo by Ryan Squibb)

Bank building owner also ex-con with history of bank robbery involvement.
A new business is coming to Miller. Latunya Wright, owner of Wright Financial and Wright Way Financial Solutions, purchased the old Great Southern Bank building in Miller in August, and announced via social media that she plans to open a “fully digital financial institution” in the building. In a post on her Facebook page dated Aug. 16, Wright stated that she would offer several services, including real estate investing opportunities, 1-800 numbers, insurance, credit repair and information on how to “become a tax partner,” in which she said she will show people “how we made ($1 million) in six months.” She also posted videos of her and members of her family touring the bank building.
Since then, Wright has posted videos on her YouTube channel, “Latunya Wright.” In one video, she delivers a message of self-reliance, telling viewers if they want more in life, “It is on you to take action.” She also tells the viewers that they can own their own tax business, regardless of their circumstances and use her software to do the work of filling out tax forms, and she also is holding Zoom conferences every Wednesday.
Criminal history involves banks
Wright has a serious criminal history, however, even involving banks. In October of 2010, the Riverfront Times reported that Wright had been indicted, along with Annkesha Welch, for concealing money stolen in a $6.6 million bank heist which took place in August of 2010; the Times further reported that some of the money was concealed in Wright’s house in St. Louis, while she and Welch then took some to Atlanta, Ga. to hide in a locker there.
In May of 2012, Wright pleaded guilty in the Eastern District of Missouri Federal Court to Conspiracy to Commit Interstate Transportation of Stolen Money and Interstate Transportation of Stolen Money. She was sentenced to 51 months in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release, and ordered to pay over $3.6 million in restitution.
In March of last year, Eyewitness News reported that Wright allegedly pulled a gun on a customer who came to complain about her tax refund and others at her tax business, MZ BIZ, in Houston, Texas. Wright’s attorney later said that the people Wright allegedly pulled a gun on were “accosting” her and she was just trying to get them to leave. Attempts to locate more information on the incident were unsuccessful as of press time.
Wright responded to an initial media inquiry in which she directed questions regarding her purchase of the bank building in Miller to be sent to her via e-mail. As of press time, she had not responded to the questions sent to her, or a second media inquiry.
More information about Wright can be found on her Facebook page, her YouTube channel, or her webpage


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