Brandon Barber co-defendant pleads guilty
Posted: August 23, 2013 at 11:36 a.m.
A New York man accused of helping former Northwest Arkansas developer Brandon Barber hide assets prior to Barber's 2009 bankruptcy pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Fort Smith on Friday to one count of money laundering. Van Doren agreed to forfeit $22,000 to the government Friday as part of a plea agreement.
James Van Doren, 37, admitted to transferring $22,000 on Oct. 29, 2008, to a Fayetteville bank account in the name of Brandon Barber from a New York bank account in Van Doren's name. The money came from a $64,000 check the government says Barber had endorsed to Van Doren on Sept. 29, 2008, to defraud creditors and that Van Doren had deposited into his New York bank account.
Barber pleaded guilty in federal court July 31 to money laundering, conspiracy to commit bank fraud and conspiracy to commit bankruptcy fraud. Barber, Van Doren and K. Vaughn Knight were charged in a federal 27-count superseding indictment in March.