Attorney Convicted In Case Involving Developer

Nov 18, 2013

A Fayetteville attorney has been convicted of helping former northwest Arkansas developer Brandon Barber commit bankruptcy fraud.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports a federal court jury in Fort Smith on Monday found attorney K. Vaughn Knight guilty of conspiracy to commit bankruptcy fraud, bankruptcy fraud, false statements and money laundering.

Prosecutors said Knight knowingly helped Barber hide assets from creditors during Barber's July 2009 personal bankruptcy, among other allegations. Knight testified that he was a victim of Barber's schemes and that Barber "conned" him.

Barber pleaded guilty in July to money laundering and conspiracy to commit bankruptcy fraud in one federal indictment and to bank fraud in separate indictment. He is awaiting sentencing.

Co-defendant James Van Doren pleaded guilty in August to money laundering and is also awaiting sentencing.