The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

June 12, 2013

Controller at Joplin car dealership indicted for embezzlement


From staff reports

JOPLIN, Mo. — A federal grand jury today indicted a woman for embezzling more than $88,000 from Frank Fletcher Ford in Joplin.

Kathryn M. Stayton, 36, of Joplin, is charged with 10 counts of wire fraud in the indictment handed up by a federal; grand jury in Springfield. The embezzlement took place between September 2009 and September 2011 when Stayton served as controller and manager of the car dealership’s accounting department, according to the indictment.

The document alleges that she wrote 131 checks totaling $46,664 on the dealership’s bank account that were made  out to her or members of her family and deposited those checks in her own bank accounts. She also allegedly stole $41,365 in cash payments to Fletcher Ford.