A Meade man was convicted Wednesday of three child sex crime-related charges, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said.

A Meade County jury found Jose Alvino Trevino, 49, guilty of three counts of aggravated indecent liberties with a child. Judge Sidney Thomas presided over the trial. Sentencing has not yet been set.

The crimes were committed in November 2012. The charges stemmed from an investigation by the Kansas Bureau of Investigation. Assistant Attorney General Lyndzie Carter of Schmidt’s office prosecuted the case.

A husband and wife from southwest Kansas who pleaded guilty to money laundering were sentenced Thursday to three years on federal probation, U.S. Attorney Tom Beall said.

George Enns, 71, and his wife, Agatha Enns, 69, both of Meade, pleaded guilty to one count of money laundering conspiracy.

George Enns was ordered to pay a money judgment of more than $1.5 million.

In their plea, the defendants admitted:

At least $1.6 million in cash and $5.2 million in third-party checks was deposited into a joint account the defendants held at Plains State Bank in Plains, Kan.

The defendants knew the funds in the account were the proceeds of unlawful activity although they did not know — or do business with — the individuals whose names were on the third-party checks 

The defendants did not use the account at Plains State Bank for their own business and personal transactions. They had accounts at other banks.

The account at Plains State Bank was used for the deposit of cash and checks that George Enns received during his trips to Mexico. He carried the money into the United States without reporting the funds at the border.

Funds in the account at Plains State Bank were transferred out of state to purchase genetically modified corn seed. The seed was shipped to the border where the corn was transported into Mexico at the direction of George Enns.

This process is called trade based money laundering.

Beall commended the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Internal Revenue Service and Assistant U.S. Attorney Debra Barnett for their work on the case.

A federal grand jury in Kansas City, Kansas recently returned several indictments, including one involving a Ford County drug case.

Jose A. Hernandez-Diaz, 23, Lucio Cabanas, Mexico, is charged with one count of possession with intent to distribute approximately six pounds of methamphetamine and one count of possession with intent to distribute approximately two pounds of heroin. The crime is alleged to have occurred July 14 in Ford County.

If convicted, he faces not less than 10 years and a fine up to $10 million on the methamphetamine charge and not less than 5 years and a fine up to $5 million on the heroin charge. The Kansas Highway Patrol and the Drug Enforcement Administration investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Mona Furst is prosecuting.

In other indictnebts, Ronny D. Peters, 39, Kansas City, Kan., is charged with two counts of producing child pornography.

According to court records, the investigation began when Peters’ former employers called the FBI to report finding child pornography on a company cell phone Peters turned in after he was fired. The phone belonged to Pop-A-Lock, a locksmith company based in Lafayette, La. The company has franchise operations across the United States and Canada, including Kansas City.

The indictment alleges Peters sexually exploited a minor child to produce videos that investigators found on the phone.

If convicted, he faces not less than 15 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000 on each count. The FBI investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Scott Rask is prosecuting.

Ran Wells, 39, Wichita, Kan., is charged with one count of counterfeiting U.S. currency. The crime is alleged to have occurred in March and April 2017 in Sedgwick County, Kan.

If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000. The U.S. Secret Service investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Alan Metzger is prosecuting.

Clay Don McElroy, 40, is charged with one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and one count of possession with intent to distribute marijuana. The crimes are alleged to have occurred April 16 2017, in Finney County, Kan.

If convicted, he faces not less than five years and not more than 40 years and a fine up to $5 million on the methamphetamine charge, and up to five years and a fine up to $250,000 on the marijuana charge. The Garden City Police Department investigated. Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Kimberly Rodebaugh is prosecuting.

 

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