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James Van Doren was forced to remain under a plea agreement, but he declined to admit to its statement of facts at sentencing.
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Barber Associate James Van Doren Released from Prison

Arkansas Business' Whispers staff can confirm that James Van Doren, high school running buddy of northwest Arkansas developer Brandon Barber, has finished his 15-month prison sentence. read more >
Martha Shoffner, ex-State Treasurer, walked away from a plea deal in favor of taking her bribery case to trial. (Photo by Mauren Kennedy)
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The Top 10 Business Stories of 2014

Politics, white-collar crime, banking acquisitions, Turner Grain and more. Arkansas Business recaps the top 10 stories from the year that was 2014. read more >
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Best Quotes of 2014

They said it: The best quotes of the year. read more >
James Van Doren was forced to remain under a plea agreement, but he declined to admit to its statement of facts at sentencing.
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James Van Doren: I Shouldn’t Have Signed the Plea Agreement

James Van Doren freely admits he was weak and didn’t do the right thing. The New York investment banker isn’t talking about his involvement in financial dealings that culminated in his being sentenced last week to 15 months in federal prison. read more >
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James Van Doren Sentenced to 15 Months For Money Laundering

James Van Doren, appearing in U.S. District Court in Fort Smith this afternoon, was sentenced to 15 months imprisonment as part of a disputed plea agreement. read more >
Brandon Barber
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Brandon Barber Sentenced to 65 Months in Prison for Fraud, Money Laundering

Brandon Barber, a former northwest Arkansas developer, was sentenced Tuesday in federal court to 65 months in prison for bank fraud and money laundering. "More than a half-decade ago, I made bad decisions based on my selfishness and pride," Barber told Judge P.K. Holmes. "I failed those who loved and trusted me the most." read more >
K. Vaughn Knight
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Prosecutors Plan Appeal in Case of Brandon Barber’s Attorney, K. Vaughn Knight

Conner Eldridge, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas, and First Assistant U.S. Attorney Wendy L. Johnson filed notice that they will appeal U.S. District Judge P.K. Holmes' decision to throw out a jury's conviction of Knight on eight felony charges. read more >
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Barber Banker James Van Doren Reconsiders Guilty Plea

James Van Doren, the New York investment banker and ex-friend of former high-flying northwest Arkansas developer Brandon Barber, has asked to withdraw his guilty plea to one count of money laundering for Barber. U.S. District Judge P.K. Holmes III recently denied that motion. read more >
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Brandon Barber Co-Defendant David Fisher Acquitted

David Fisher, a Rogers attorney accused of conspiring with convicted northwest Arkansas developer Brandon Barber, was acquitted in federal court on Wednesday. read more >
Brandon Barber, left, and Brandon Rains.
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Barber Co-Defendant Brandon Rains Pleads Guilty

Yet another co-defendant of bankrupt northwest Arkansas developer Brandon Barber pleaded guilty to a federal crime on Thursday. Brandon Rains, who had been charged with one count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud and one count of money laundering, made a deal with federal prosecutors. read more >
Jeff Whorton
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Brandon Barber’s Co-Defendant Jeff Whorton Pleads Guilty

Jeff Whorton, a co-defendant in one of two federal cases involving bankrupt northwest Arkansas real estate developer Brandon Barber, pleaded guilty Monday to conspiracy to commit bank fraud and money laundering. read more >
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Brandon Barber Co-Defendant James Van Doren Pleads Guilty to 1 Count of Money Laundering

James Van Doren, a co-defendant in a federal indictment involving former northwest Arkansas developer Brandon Barber, pleaded guilty Friday to one count of money laundering and agreed to pay $22,000. read more >
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Brandon Barber Co-Defendant James Van Doren Set For Plea Change Hearing

James Van Doren, a co-defendant in a federal indictment involving former northwest Arkansas developer Brandon Barber, is set for a plea change hearing on Friday. read more >
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Brandon Barber Scheduled to Change Plea in Federal Indictments

Former northwest Arkansas developer Brandon Barber and co-defendant Brandon Rains are scheduled to appear in federal court on Wednesday afternoon, and the docket indicates that they plan to change their not guilty pleas. read more >
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Brandon Barber, Vaughn Knight Hit With Lawsuit by Co-Defendant James Van Doren

The complaint appears to be another attempt by James Van Doren to separate himself from his co-defendants in a federal court trial for money laundering and bankruptcy fraud that is scheduled to start on Sept. 16. Van Doren asks for unspecified compensatory and punitive damages. read more >
Brandon Barber’s home in Fayetteville allegedly was used as part of a loan fraud scheme that ensnared First Federal Bank of Harrison.
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Inside the Brandon Barber Case: Looking at His 5 Co-Defendants

Federal indictments have been filed against five men with ties to former northwest Arkansas real estate developer Brandon Barber. Another developer didn’t live long enough to be indicted: Gary Combs, who died last year in California at 59. read more >
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Trials For Barber, 4 Co-Defendants Delayed

Trials for former northwest Arkansas real estate developer Brandon Barber and his four co-defendants have been delayed. read more >
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Barber Co-Defendant James Van Doren Asks Court for Bond Relief

James Van Doren, a New York resident and former attorney charged with being entirely too helpful to Brandon Barber, has lost his job with Citigroup Global Markets Inc. read more >