A Rutherford County jury awarded $3.6 million in punitive damages Thursday in a case that involved Wilson Bank & Trust. The decision added to compensatory damages awarded Wednesday, bringing the total to $7.5 million.
Murfreesboro builder and developer Ken Howell filed suit against the bank, contending forgery and fraud by former Murfreesboro branch president Stan Hayes – who is no longer with the company. The suit contended Hayes caused Howell's business to fail.
None of the allegations against Hayes, though, include theft from bank customers.
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