According to the plea agreement, Garrett, who has performed a John Denver tribute show in Branson for 14 years, solicited donations for the Diamond Jym Ranch, a charity for homeless and abused children and then used the money to cover credit card debt and personal expenses.
Court documents indicate Garrett defrauded his audience members of more than $85,000 between 2016 and August 2020.
Garrett opened bank accounts for Diamond Jym Ranch in Taney County and the solicitation of funds from audience members began. The fraud charges outlined in the agreement begin in 2016 with Garrett asking audience members for contributions at the end of each of his performances, "falsely claiming he created foster homes for children in Branson and Texas" and that their money would be used to support those homes. Garrett placed a donation box at the theater exit and also solicited financial donations.Nearly all of the money went to Garrett, according to the plea agreement.