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Web Extra: Man Receives Accidental Call from Ex-boss Plotting Death

An Arkansas car salesman is accused of plotting the murder of a former employee after accidentally letting the intended victim in on it.
Jonesboro, AR -- (KAIT) Larry Barnett bonded out of jail Tuesday. Police say he conspired to kill one of his former employees and committed forgery at his bank a number of times.

"He was falsifying bills of sale and turning them into a local bank and receiving money for those bills of sale. Getting money for vehicles that were not there," lead investigator on the case, Jason Simpkins told Region 8 News.

For months, Jonesboro Police and the Secret Service have been investigating Larry Barnett. He owns Legend Motor Company on South Stadium Boulevard and police say through their investigation, they've found he schemed his bank out of tens of thousands of dollars.

"Right now, it's gonna be over $80,000," Simpkins said.

JPD, in conjunction with the Secret Service, was notified about the scheme back in May This means they were already looking into Barnett's banking records when they received a phone call last week from his former employee saying he'd overheard Barnett plotting his death.

At this point, JPD has not confirmed if these two separate investigations are connected.

JPD's investigation of Barnett's records show he'd handwritten several bills of sale and that he bought the vehicles from neighboring car dealerships. Turns out though, Barnett never bought those vehicles, he just allegedly took the VINs from vehicles on neighboring lots and forged them on a different bill of sale.

A probable cause affidavit states he was also taking VINs from "park and sell" lots and detail shops or just making them up.

Simpkins told Region 8 News that right now, many details to this case are still under investigation, including whether we can anticipate more arrests to come.

"There's still some evidence that has to be processed and still some subpoenas and what not that have to be issued."

In court Tuesday afternoon, Barnett's bond remained the same at $50,000, set from Monday for his charge of conspiracy to commit capital murder.

Police say they do anticipate more arrests in that case but right now, there are no new developments.
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