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A McPherson County jury found that a Roscoe bank and its president acted fraudulently in inducing a Eureka couple to sign a $650,000 promissory note and mortgage in March 2004. The jury decided that $439,100 of the note and mortgage was obtained by fraud.

First State Bank of Roscoe and John Beyers, the Bank’s president, conspired together to defraud Stanley and Rose Marie Stabler, the jury ruled, according to the verdict sheet.

The Bank and Beyers added some of the Bank’s bad debt to the note and mortgage the Stablers signed, said Lee Schoenbeck, the couple’s attorney. The Stablers weren’t responsible for the $439,100, so that debt against them will be canceled, he said.