The United States Attorney for Western District of Missouri, Beth Phillips, has announced an indictment of a Joplin woman for embezzlement.

Peggy Newton, 38, of Joplin was indicted on 25 counts by a grand jury in Springfield, on Thursday.

Newton handled all financial aspects of  an interior decorating business, Evergreen & Amber, and is alleged to be involved in a fraud scheme from September 18, 2006, to June 29, 2009. She is accused of writing approximately 393 checks which took money out of the business account for her personal use.

The indictment also says Newton used the credit accounts of the company and her partner to obtain money for personal use about 500 times.

Newton is charged with 21 counts of wire fraud and four counts of counterfeit securities.

The case was investigated by the U.S Secret Service and the Joplin Police Department.