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Trust But Verify (Gwen Moritz Editor’s Note)

Misplaced trust is a common theme in the fraud cases I’ve observed over the past two decades, as is the failure to make simple, routine checks. read more >
Banking & Finance / Legal

The Art of the Plea Deal (Gwen Moritz Editor’s Note)

While the sentence was up to Judge Holmes, defense lawyer W.H. Taylor of Fayetteville negotiated a deal in which Dennis Smiley Jr. pleaded guilty to only a single count of bank fraud — but he had to accept responsibility and restitution for more than 20 bank victims and their combined losses of nearly $5 million. read more >
Banking & Finance / Investments / Legal

A Matter of Life in Debt (Editorial)

Dennis Smiley is almost a caricature. How could any intelligent, well-educated person — a banker, no less — mistake debt for wealth? How could he have overspent more than the vast majority of Americans, even well-paid ones, will earn in a lifetime of honest work? read more >
Dennis Smiley, as a trustee of the Jones Trust of Springdale, participated in the March 2013 groundbreaking ceremony for the Webb Memorial Children Park on the campus of the Center for Nonprofits at St. Mary's in Rogers. Smiley resigned from the trust's board last month.
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As Sentencing Approaches, Dennis Smiley Attorney Says Banks Share Responsibility

H. Dennis Smiley Jr., the former president of Arvest Bank’s Benton County market, expects to go to federal prison after he is sentenced Thursday for bank fraud. read more >
Isaac Parker Federal Courthouse in Fort Smith
Legal

Legal Digest Brought Up During Smiley Sentencing

There isn’t usually a lot of levity during court hearings, especially when a defendant is there to plead guilty to something such as felony bank fraud, like Dennis Smiley Jr. did on Aug. 25. read more >
Dennis Smiley Jr. and a long list of lenders.
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‘Living Beyond His Means’ Catches Up With Dennis Smiley Jr.

Henry Dennis Smiley Jr. — the Jr. matters in this case — pleaded guilty Tuesday to a single count of bank fraud. But the plea agreement identifies 23 banks as his victims, and that doesn’t include Arvest Bank, which had trusted him to be president of its Benton County market. read more >
Banking & Finance / Legal / Media & Marketing

Sins of Commission And Omission (Gwen Moritz Editor’s Note)

Waiving his right to be indicted by a federal grand jury and pleading guilty has made Dennis Smiley Jr.’s prosecution faster and cheaper for all concerned, but it also means that there are a lot of things we’ll probably never know about his crimes. read more >
Dennis Smiley, as a trustee of the Jones Trust of Springdale, participated in the March 2013 groundbreaking ceremony for the Webb Memorial Children Park on the campus of the Center for Nonprofits at St. Mary's in Rogers. Smiley resigned from the trust's board last month.
Banking & Finance / Legal

Update: Dennis Smiley Jr. Pleads Guilty to Bank Fraud

H. Dennis Smiley Jr., the former president of Arvest Bank's Benton County market, waived indictment and pleaded guilty to defrauding 20 banks out of more than $4 million. read more >
Dennis Smiley, as a trustee of the Jones Trust of Springdale, participated in the March 2013 groundbreaking ceremony for the Webb Memorial Children Park on the campus of the Center for Nonprofits at St. Mary's in Rogers. Smiley resigned from the trust's board last month.
Banking & Finance / Legal

Dennis Smiley Lawsuits Settling Down

While Dennis Smiley Jr. awaits indictment or a plea deal on criminal charges, civil litigation continues in an effort to recoup losses from his financial wheeling and dealing. read more >
Dennis Smiley, as a trustee of the Jones Trust of Springdale, participated in the March 2013 groundbreaking ceremony for the Webb Memorial Children Park on the campus of the Center for Nonprofits at St. Mary's in Rogers. Smiley resigned from the trust's board last month.
Banking & Finance / Legal

No Timetable for Plea Deal in Dennis Smiley Jr. Case

Whispers admitted it was going out on a limb by predicting in April that a plea deal for Arvest Bank’s former Benton County market president Dennis Smiley Jr. was likely within a couple of weeks. read more >
Dennis Smiley, as a trustee of the Jones Trust of Springdale, participated in the March 2013 groundbreaking ceremony for the Webb Memorial Children Park on the campus of the Center for Nonprofits at St. Mary's in Rogers. Smiley resigned from the trust's board last month.
Banking & Finance / Legal

Plea Deal for Dennis Smiley Jr. In the Works

A plea deal for Dennis Smiley Jr., former Benton County market president for Arvest Bank, is nigh. read more >