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One Bank & Trust: Sell or Build Capital Base

Little Rock’s One Bank & Trust continues to operate under an unusual arrangement more than four years after the ouster of its owner and CEO, Layton “Scooter” Stuart. read more >
Gary Rickenbach
Banking & Finance / Legal

Gary Rickenbach Gets 2 Years of Probation, 100 Service Hours

Gary Rickenbach is sentenced to two years of probation and 100 hours of community service in exchange for pleading guilty to failing to report a crime. read more >
Gary Rickenbach
Banking & Finance / Legal

Rickenbach To Offer Low Risk Status for No Prison at Wednesday Sentencing

His testimony failed to convict his former co-workers, but Gary Rickenbach is still hoping to avoid prison time for his admitted role in a fraudulent loan made by One Bank & Trust when he was its senior executive vice president. read more >
U.S. Attorney Chris Thyer
Banking & Finance / Government & Politics / Legal

Presumed Innocence II (Gwen Moritz Editor’s Note)

When the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Little Rock is involved, the presumption of a defendant’s innocence must be more than theoretic, and confidence that the power of the government is being used fairly and wisely must be tempered.” read more >
Former One Bank & Trust executives Brad Paul and Mike Heald.
Banking & Finance / Government & Politics / Legal

Michael Heald, Bradley Paul Acquitted in Bank Fraud Case

Two former One Bank & Trust executives were found not guilty Monday after a three-week jury trial in federal court in Little Rock. read more >
Jim Schnoes

James Schnoes, One Bank & Trust (Small Bank CFO of the Year Finalist)

Rocked by mismanagement and placed under the regulatory microscope, One Bank & Trust remains a work in progress as James Schnoes helps restore order at the $316 million-asset institution. read more >
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McCain Plaza Transaction Surpasses $23 Million Mark (Real Deals)

The 296,000-SF retail project at 4200 E. McCain Blvd. in North Little Rock tipped the scales at $23.15 million. read more >
Former One Bank & Trust executives Brad Paul and Mike Heald.
Banking & Finance / Legal

Two Former One Bank Execs Set for October Trial

The knottiest white-collar criminal case in recent memory should finally go to trial next month, but only half of the original defendants will face the jury. read more >
The Parker Building at 4 Country Club Circle in Maumelle.
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Property, Cash Included in One Bank’s Settlement with BHL

Johnelle Hunt’s BHL Financing LLC received assets valued at $2.8 million in its settlement with Little Rock’s One Bank & Trust. read more >
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Multifamily Acreage Sells for $3.3 Million (Real Deals)

Richardson Properties LLC, led by Keith Richardson, purchased 69 acres in west Little Rock with apartments in mind. read more >
Banking & Finance

5 Arkansas Banks Tally 1Q Losses

Twenty-one Arkansas banks recorded a first-quarter profit of less than $200,000. Of that group, only five booked losses. read more >
Johnelle Hunt holds a $14.7 million default judgment against One Bank’s parent company.
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Settlement Reached Between One Bank, BHL Financing

The litigation between Johnelle Hunt’s BHL Financing LLC and Little Rock’s One Bank & Trust is no more. read more >
Brad Paul, Mike Heald and Gary Rickenbach, formerly of One Bank & Trust
Banking & Finance / Legal

Fifth Amendment Rights Behind One Bank & Trust Trial Delay

An unusual plea deal struck by former One Bank & Trust executive Gary Rickenbach has delayed the trial of two of his former co-workers, Brad Paul and Mike Heald read more >
Former One Bank & Trust executives Brad Paul and Mike Heald.
Banking & Finance / Legal

Trial Set for June 1 for Former One Bank Execs

The federal criminal trial of two remaining defendants formerly of One Bank & Trust of Little Rock is still scheduled to start next week, although indications are that it will be June 1 rather than May 30. read more >
Jerry Pavlas, president and CEO of One Bank & Trust
Banking & Finance / Legal

One Bank & Trust Capitalization Plan Forms

Little Rock’s One Bank & Trust hasn’t generated a normal quarterly profit since the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency ousted Layton “Scooter” Stuart as CEO in September 2012. read more >
Banking & Finance / Government & Politics / Legal

Calling Out Boss Hogg (Gwen Moritz Editor’s Note)

Federal Reserve examiners will be trained to look for signs of a bank executive who dominates subordinates or assumes too many roles. You and I might call him a Boss Hogg. read more >
Banking & Finance / Real Estate

Allied, Pinnacle, Heartland Score Texas Ratios Over 100

Two Arkansas banks generated Texas Ratios above 100 at year-end 2014. Twelve months later, the number grew to three, with Heartland Bank of Bryant (112.28) joining Pinnacle Bank of Rogers (139.3) and Allied Bank of Mulberry (183). read more >
Alberto Solaroli
Banking & Finance / Legal

‘When You Steal $1.5 Million …’ (Gwen Moritz Editor’s Note)

For the second straight week, I’m going to write about listening to the Chief U.S. District Judge deliver a well-reasoned message on fair play. read more >
Alberto Solaroli
Banking & Finance / Legal

Albert Solaroli Restitution in One Bank Case Fails to Appear

A $120,000 restitution payment from Alberto Solaroli as part of his plea deal still hadn’t been paid by Wednesday, and First Assistant U.S. Attorney Pat Harris was not amused. read more >
Former and current One Bank & Trust executives, from left: Jerry Pavlas, Jim Schnoes, Brad Paul, Michael Heald and Gary Rickenbach.
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Scooter Stuart’s Fall Still Feeds Litigation

Only a handful of lawsuits that erupted from the upheaval at One Bank & Trust continue to wind through the court system. read more >