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Former Southern Bank of Batesville execs Jim Haynes, EVP and chief lending officer; Woody Castleberry, president and CEO; and Bill Patton, chief operating officer
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Blocking And Tackling (Gwen Moritz Editor’s Note)

It's easy in hindsight to spot errors. I don’t know enough about auditing to know whether BKD’s auditors were incompetent. I do know from hard experience that errors often seem obvious in hindsight, and while they may be the result of lazy technique, some errors are virtually unavoidable. read more >
Kevin Lewis (inset) was convicted of defrauding First Southern Bank of Batesville out of $23.3 million.
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In Fraud By Kevin Lewis, Blame Is On Trial

In a civil trial scheduled to start next Monday, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. will blame regional accounting firm BKD LLC for failing to uncover the massive fraud that led to the 2010 failure of First Southern Bank of Batesville. read more >
Bank regulators shut down First Southern Bank of Batesville in 2010, after the discovery of Kevin Lewis’ fake improvement district bond scheme. | (Photo by Mark Friedman)
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No Banking Future for Former First Southern CEO Woody Castleberry

Thanks to the fraud of convicted former Little Rock attorney Kevin Lewis, Woody Castleberry will never work in banking again. Castleberry told us last week that his settlement with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. was finally approved. He won’t have to pay a penalty, but he agreed never to be involved in banking again. read more >
Kevin Lewis, right, and attorney Tim Dudley walk to U.S. District Court in Little Rock. | (Photo by Gwen Moritz)
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FDIC Still Mopping Up Kevin Lewis’ Fraud Mess

More than two-and-a-half years after former Little Rock attorney Kevin Lewis was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for bank fraud, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. continues to clean up his mess. read more >