Former northwest Arkansas developer Brandon Barber faces the revocation of his bond and jail time for allegedly violating the terms of his release while awaiting trials on fraud and money laundering charges.
A motion filed in U.S. District Court on Wednesday seeks to put Barber, 37, behind bars until his scheduled trials on Sept. 16 and Oct. 21. At issue are expenses on Barber’s bank account and what the U.S Attorney’s office views as violations of his pretrial release conditions.
“It is clear from the defendant’s behavior that he has not been candid with the Court on numerous occasions and has not followed the Court’s Orders,” according to the motion filed by U.S. Attorney Conner Eldridge. “He admits to violating his conditions of home detention on several occasions.”
Barber was arraigned on April 15 and at the time was granted release under home detention. He was free to leave his New York City apartment only for work, child care duties, attorney visits and court appearances unless requested and approved in advance.
Pretrial services officials were alerted to a potential violation on April 26 when Barber visited a restaurant after work without approval. Barber was then placed under home incarceration on May 13 with no travel exceptions outside of medical needs or court appearances.
Setser requested copies of Barber’s financial records in a May 23 order, in which she raised concerns about purchases made by Barber. Questions about expenditures on his bank account and a June 7 admission from Barber that he left his home without approval led to the filing from Eldridge.
“Due to the defendant’s repeated violations of the pre-trial release conditions set by the Court, the Government submits that the defendant is unlikely to abide by any condition or combination of conditions of release.”
Barber, who filed for bankruptcy in 2007, is to appear in court at 1 p.m. Friday.