Peyton R. Patterson resigned from the helm of Bankwell Financial in New Canaan, Conn., on Thursday.

Her resignation from the positions of chief executive, president and board member comes less than two months after the well-known banker was ordered by a judge to pay more than $350,000 to settle unpaid bills from American Express. She was also ordered to make payments to two country clubs and reached an agreement with the Madison, Conn., government to pay back taxes. The Hartford Business Journal first reported Patterson's financial problems in June.

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