A large southeastern community bank agreed to pay $9 million to settle claims that it knew about a customer’s alleged check-kiting scheme and elbowed out other victims as it raced to recover loaned funds.

Columbus, Georgia-based Synovus Bank did not admit any wrongdoing as part of the July 25 settlement reached in mediation with South Florida attorneys who represent a bankruptcy trustee for the customer, Frank Mongelluzzi.

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