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Suspect in soring case is arrested

Friday, July 29, 2011

A Lewisburg man accused in a conspiracy involving charges of soring spotted saddle horses and money laundering has been taken into custody by U.S. marshals.

The T-G has confirmed that Barney Davis, 38, is now being held in Chattanooga for an alleged "supervised release violation from an earlier charge," according to Paul Salayko, a deputy U.S. marshal who handles public affairs.

A source told the T-G Davis was allegedly training horses which violated the conditions of his release.

He had been free on a $20,000 unsecured bond since the original indictments were handed down. But as part of the conditions of his release, Davis was to "avoid contact with horses owned by other people," which included refraining from training said horses.

He also was to arrange to have the horses he did not own to be cared for by someone else, but he could care and feed his own animals, court documents in the case said.

A press release from the Department of Justice stated that Davis was ordered detained by U.S. Magistrate Judge Bill Carter after he voluntarily surrendered his pre-trial bond. A revocation hearing has been rescheduled for Aug. 11 and his trial is currently set for Oct. 18.

Earlier this week, a Sealed Petition and Order was entered on the electronic filing system for the U.S. District Court - Eastern District of Tennessee, but the documents were not accessible to the public. However, shortly thereafter, the T-G began to receive unconfirmed reports of Davis' arrest.

Davis, along with other suspects, was indicted by a federal grand jury in March for allegedly soring horses and falsifying entry forms and other related paperwork. In April he was also charged with 13 counts of wire fraud, one count of wire fraud conspiracy and 12 counts of money laundering.

Allegations

The indictment alleges that from 2002 to October 2010, Davis, and others conspired to sore the horses and falsify documents. The purpose of the alleged conspiracy was to sore horses without being detected by the USDA and Designated Qualified Persons (DQP) so that additional customers would pay Davis to board and train their horses at his barn.

DQPs are inspectors who check horses competing in shows for evidence of soring.

He allegedly entered spotted saddle horses he was paid to train at the SSHBEA Fall Show in Shelbyville.

The indictment also alleges that an endorsed winnings check from SSHBEA was deposited into Davis' bank account.

Mac Motes, president of the Spotted Saddle Horse Breeders' and Exhibitors Association (SSHBEA) said that Davis was not a member of their association and that they have no affiliation with him. Also Davis is not a member of the Walking Horse Trainers' Association.