Couple plead guilty to laundering money at Kansas bank

Plains State Bank (KSN file photo)

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) – A couple 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, pleaded guilty Monday to one count of money laundering conspiracy under a deal with prosecutors that spares them prison time.

The couple 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 which was then transported into Mexico.

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

The couple face sentencing Feb. 27.

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