March 26, 2013
In 2008, a Tennessee real estate developer who had already had $2.7 million in development loans on the books at the local community bank “only needed another $1 million to keep their business afloat.”
The bank said no on and ended up foreclosing on the properties.
End of story?
Not so fast said a Murfreesboro jury that awarded the developer and his wife $7.5 million plus attorney fees. They faulted the former branch president of acting “recklessly and fraudulently” in the handling of the developer’s loans.
The banker did not pocket a dime and has not been charged with criminal behavior. Rather it was his handling of the paperwork that got him fired and the left the bank with a bill for a large verdict.
Writes the local reporter that the banker moved money around from loan to account to loan, and signed the borrower’s signature, all without the borrower’s consent.