$7.5M fraud verdict against Wilson Bank & Trust

A Rutherford County jury has ordered Wilson Bank & Trust to pay $7.5 million in compensatory and punitive damages to home builder Ken Howell, his wife and two of his companies. Howell had sued after former Wilson branch manager Stan Hayes had manipulated his entities' loan accounts by forging signatures. The bank may appeal the verdict; Howell says he simply wants to close the book on the episode.

“They need to make the victims whole, and we both need to move on,” Howell said. He noted that he owes several local companies money after closing his business and plans to “square up” his accounts.

Mar 22, 2013 6:46 AM

Jacobson named in house-flipping scheme

Former VUMC chief said to have helped finance man who also has been sued by banks
Mar 7, 2013 2:57 PM

SEC charges former Franklin couple with scheming seniors in Florida

Olives previously indicted on similar charges related to Williamson operation
Feb 13, 2013 7:00 AM

Sommet boss allowed to stay in Arizona

Feds had asked for bond revocation, other moves after address deception
Feb 11, 2013 7:05 AM

Former Sommet boss in more hot water with feds

Whitfield moved without notifying supervisors, used alias to avoid Google searches
Jan 28, 2013 2:47 PM

Former Hendersonville title company owner indicted on fraud charges

Alleged scheme saw defendant convert $2.2M to personal use
Jan 7, 2013 4:45 PM

Brentwood developer gets prison sentence

Local developer David Miller has been sentenced to 45 months in prison for orchestrating a fraud scheme revolving around some Williamson County property. Miller, one of the first developers active in Brentwood's Governor's Club, had been convicted in May of identity theft and giving false statements to banks.

Nov 20, 2012 2:04 PM

Sommet principals waive speedy trial rights

It's been nearly eight months since ex-Sommet Group leaders Brian and Marsha Whitfield were indicted by a federal court for an alleged multimillion-dollar fraud. The couple has, unsurprisingly, waived their right to a speedy trial, according to court filings this week. The Whitfields, along with accomplice Edwin Todd, had been set to face trial in December, but it appears as though that date will be pushed back.

The trio is being asked to forfeit some $20 million worth of property. For our coverage of the Sommet collapse, click here.

Nov 1, 2012 2:16 PM

Assistant U.S. attorney returns to Bass

Health care specialist oversaw nine government lawyers
Oct 30, 2012 2:08 PM

VU sues duo that diverted hundreds of thousands of dollars

Pierce Greenberg has the latest on the case of the more than half a million dollars that went missing at Vanderbilt University School of Law courtesy of an office administrator and his accomplice. Hunt and Wakefield last week pleaded guilty to various charges that could land them both lengthy prison sentences.

Oct 23, 2012 6:43 AM