Kansas couple pleads guilty in drug money laundering case

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A husband and wife accused of laundering drug money for a Mexican cartel at a small southwest Kansas bank have admitted their roles in the conspiracy.

George Enns and his wife, Agatha, of Meade, Kansas, each pleaded guilty Monday to one count of money laundering conspiracy under a deal with prosecutors that spares them prison time.

The two acknowledged they deposited at least $1.6 million in cash and $5.2 million in third party checks brought in from Mexico at Plains State Bank. The account funds were used to buy corn seed that was then transported into Mexico.

Prosecutors say the process is known as trade-based money laundering.

Sentencing is set for Feb. 27.

Former bank president James Kirk Friend faces sentencing Jan. 9 for failing to report suspicious activity.

 

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