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      Missouri woman charged with $88K embezzlement

      Prosecutors allege that over a two-year period starting in September 2009, Stayton wrote 131 checks totaling nearly $47,000 to herself or her family members on the dealership's account.

      A federal grand jury has indicted a Joplin woman on charges of embezzling more than $88,000 from a car dealership where she worked.

      The U.S. Attorney's office said the indictment returned Wednesday charges 36-year-old Kathryn M. Stayton with 10 counts of wire fraud.

      Stayton managed the accounting department at Frank Fletcher Ford in Joplin, which gave her access to blank checks.

      Prosecutors allege that over a two-year period starting in September 2009, Stayton wrote 131 checks totaling nearly $47,000 to herself or her family members on the dealership's account. The indictment also alleges that Stayton took about $41,000 in cash payments that were made to Fletcher Ford.

      Online court records did not list an attorney for Stayton on Wednesday, and a phone number in that name could not be found.