Exclusive: Jury awards $8.1 million to investor who alleged BB&T misled him

Mon Jun 30, 2014 6:57pm EDT

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(Reuters) - A jury in a South Carolina state court on Monday awarded $8.1 million to a former adviser who sold his wealth management business to BB&T Corp and later alleged that the bank mismanaged his retirement nest egg with a risky strategy, according to a person familiar with the matter.

The verdict, reached on Monday afternoon by a jury at the Court of Common Pleas for the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit in Greenville, South Carolina, included $3.1 million in actual damages and $5 million in punitive damages, the person said.

A spokesperson for BB&T Corp. and its lawyers could not be immediately reached for comment. A lawyer for the plaintiff, declined to comment.

(Reporting by Suzanne Barlyn; Editing by Chris Reese)

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