Man charged for soliciting funds for Wounded Warrior Project, keeping money

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(KPLR) – A St. Charles County man is behind bars for allegedly taking more than $6,000 in donations from people for the Wounded Warrior Project and keeping the money for himself.

According to the Missouri Attorney General’s office, William Harshbarger stole funds from people who thought they were donating to the Wounded Warrior Project.

The thefts happened in St. Charles County and St. Louis County.  Harshbarger was charged with seven felony counts in St. Charles County including stealing, for stealing, forgery, financial exploitation of the elderly and making misrepresentations in soliciting charity funds.

He faces four similar felony counts in St. Louis County.  Authorities were able to nab Harshbarger with the help of the Wounded Warrior Project. They say Harshbarger solicited money outside retail stores and at one time he even got a check for $1,000.

The criminal complaint also states he got $1080 at a teen’s birthday party. In lieu of gifts, guests donated funds they thought would go to the Wounded Warrior Project.

He also collected more than $700 from a 3-day fundraiser with the Living Word Church in O’Fallon, MO.  In all, the Attorney General’s office thinks Harshbarger collected at least $6200.