Brandon Barber will remain in jail until detention hearing
Posted: May 10, 2013 at 5:08 p.m.
Former Fayetteville developer Brandon Barber will remain in the Washington County jail until a full detention hearing can be held, possibly next week, a federal judge ruled late Friday.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Erin Setser sent Barber back to jail after his attorney, Asa Hutchinson III, said there might be appropriate options for his client other than home incarceration while he awaits trial.
Setser said Hutchinson and U.S. Attorney Conner Eldridge both spent hours Friday working on a release agreement, but Hutchinson's comment indicated a full detention hearing would be necessary.
Barber has been in jail since Tuesday after the judge sentenced him to home incarceration, then determined he didn't have a residence suitable for that.
A restraining order preventing Barber from having contact with his girlfriend's two children was lifted today by a New York court but Barber can't return to their apartment in New York City this week.
Barber was indicted on April 15 on 27 counts of bank fraud, bankruptcy fraud, money laundering and conspiracy to commit those crimes.