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Brandon Barber, left, and Brandon Rains.
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$1M Sale of Springdale Office Building Recalls Fraud CaseLock Icon

Remember all the legal wreckage brought about by former Fayetteville real estate developer Brandon Barber a decade ago? read more >
Brandon Barber
Legal / Real Estate

Judge Orders Brandon Barber to Pay $450K in Restitution

U.S. District Judge P.K. Holmes orders former northwest Arkansas real estate developer Brandon Barber to pay $450,000 in restitution to First Federal Bank, a figure significantly less than what the U.S. Attorney's office calculated last fall. 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 >
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 >
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 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 >
Brandon Barber
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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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Marshawn Whorton Dismisses Loan Lawsuit

Marshawn Whorton filed suit because she claimed that Smith did not follow through on the terms of a $480,000 loan used to purchase a chain of local wireless stores. In a recent Washington County Circuit Court filing, Whorton asked through her attorney Marshall Ney that the suit be dismissed without prejudice. 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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Rogers Attorney David Fisher Indicted As Part of Brandon Barber Case

A federal grand jury has indicted Rogers attorney David Fisher, 38, for conspiracy to commit bank fraud, adding him to an existing indictment that alleges misdeeds by Brandon Barber. 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 >