James Van Doren, a co-defendant in a federal indictment involving former northwest
In exchange for the plea agreement, Conner Eldridge, U.S. Attorney for the Western District, agreed to drop the six counts remaining against Van Doren, including bankruptcy and wire fraud. Van Doren faces a maximum 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine when he is sentenced at a later date.
Van Doren, a
Barber pleaded guilty to three counts on July 31. He was facing 27 counts from two different indictments.
Van Doren and Barber first developed a friendship when growing up in
Van Doren sued Barber and co-defendant K. Vaughn Knight on July 19, alleging that he was defrauded by the two as part of a real estate deal that ultimately led to Van Doren being "unnecessarily placed under the scrutiny of federal regulators and law enforcement." The civil case is pending in Washington County Circuit Court.
Knight hasn't filed a plea yet. Other Barber co-defendants are Jeff Whorton, Brandon Rains and David Fisherm, who were part of a separate indictment involving fraud and money laundering, and their trials are scheduled for Oct. 21.
Sentencing for Barber and Van Doren would likely be delayed until the criminal trial is complete.