SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A Branson performer has pleaded guilty to a count of wire fraud, admitting in court docket that he created a fake charity for foster youth to bilk his viewers individuals of hundreds of greenbacks, federal prosecutors for Missouri said.
James Patrick Garrett, 65, pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court docket to the count, which says he stole better than $85,000 over several years, prosecutors said in a knowledge originate.
Garrett for years performed the John Denver Tribute at the Branson IMAX theater. Authorities said Garrett devised the plot in 2012 by creating a company named Diamond Jym Ranch, making himself the president and a member of its board of directors. The project purported to present housing, training, meals and other wants to displaced or homeless youth, and Garrett requested viewers individuals at the live of every of his six-day-a-week displays to donate to the charity.
Prosecutors said Garrett as one more damaged-down the money restful to utilize out, pay off credit cards and pay hire and taxes.
Garrett faces up to 20 years in reformatory when he’s sentenced.