A federal jury in Atlanta has awarded a former account executive of an Alpharetta, Ga., mortgage company $9.2 million in damages over sexual harassment and assault claims she made against the company CEO.

The jury of four men and four women rendered the damages verdict against AME Financial Corp. and the company’s chief executive officer, James L. Pefanis, after a four-day damages trial. The trial followed U.S. District Senior Judge Owen D. Forrester’s decision on Oct. 2 to issue a default verdict in favor of former AME account executive Evangelina “Hope” Forsberg, who left the company in August 2007.

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