Prosecutors: Man scammed thousands from veterans charity

KSDK – A St. Charles man faces felony charges in St. Charles and St. Louis counties for stealing at least $6,000 meant for donations toward a national charity but kept for himself.

William Harshbarger has been charged with stealing, forgery, financial exploitation of the elderly, making misrepresentations in soliciting charity funds for Wounded Warrior Project, according to Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster, St. Charles Prosecuting Attorney Tim Lohmar and St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Bob McCulloch.

Affiliates of the Wounded Warrior Project, a charity dedicated to raising awareness and aid for injured servicemen, tipped off Koster's office that Harshbarger had solicited funds on their behalf without their permission.

According to Koster's office, Harshbarger would routinely solicit funds in front of St. Louis and St. Charles counties retail stores and received approximately $750 from a three-day fundraiser at an O'Fallon Christian school.

Harshbarger also changed a $30 check to $300 from an elderly person and collected more than $1,000 in donations at a girl's 15th birthday party in acting on behalf of Wounded Warrior, according to court documents.

Harshbarger has been taken in custody in St. Charles County.


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