At long last, here's some more coverage of the Village of Penland disaster. Thank goodness for courageous people like Amy Stroupe, willing to do the right thing regardless of the consequences.
In December 2007, Tim Simmons with the News and Observer (Raleigh) reported on the case:
A former corporate investigator for BB&T filed suit Thursday against North Carolina's third-largest bank, saying the company fired her in June for refusing to participate in the coverup of a $20 million loan fraud.
Amy Stroupe, a sheriff's detective before she was hired by BB&T in 2005, said the loans were made as part of a failed real estate development in western North Carolina.
The development, the Village of Penland, collapsed in May  with investors owing banks an estimated $120 million.
The banks involved in the development said they were duped, but Stroupe claims BB&T participated in the fraud by lending money for lots that were clearly overvalued. She said more than 120 BB&T loans used the same appraiser and lawyer and a picture of what appeared to be the same mountain lot.
She alleges that she was fired, in part, for contacting the Federal Bureau of Investigation and insisting that all details be turned over to them. Stroupe said she knew her investigation had upset some supervisors but that she was still shocked by their reaction.
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