Kansas banker pleads guilty to stealing $1 million

TOPEKA | A northeast Kansas banker has admitted that he conspired to steal $1 million from the bank he managed.

U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom says 50-year-old Scott D. Becker, of Meriden, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to stealing the money from Countryside Bank, formerly Meriden State Bank.

Becker admits the crimes began in 1999, when he created several private business enterprises. He was fired in 2003 when the Kansas Banking Commission determined the bank was in debt.

Prosecutors say when Becker became aware that the FBI was investigating, he liquidated or concealed his assets and bought a yacht with a plan to flee to Panama.