An administrative-law judge ruled Friday that BB&T Corp. must rehire a former company investigator who says she was fired after exposing a $100 million North Carolina development scam, the Associated Press reports.

Judge Jeffrey Tureck said in his decision that Amy Stroupe should be reinstated with back pay because of protection afforded by whistleblower laws. Stroupe said she hopes to return to BB&T.

A spokeswoman for the Winston-Salem, N.C., banking company said it "adamantly denies doing anything wrong" and plans to appeal the decision.

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