Ex-CEO found guilty – Court orders probation, community service

The former head of Feed the Children in Nashville was sentenced to two years of probation and 96 hours of community service for stealing donated goods, the Associated Press reports.

Steve Highfill, 48, also was ordered to repay the charity $1,000, AP says.

Highfill pleaded guilty to theft after a local television station aired a news report showing employees hauling goods from the warehouse to their cars.

Investigators later retrieved donated clothing, videos, blankets, food and other goods from the homes of several employees, AP says.

After the raid, the charity’s Nashville warehouse was temporarily closed and all 14 employees were fired.

Attorney Charles Ray said his client was trying to compensate underpaid employees by letting them take goods from the warehouse, AP says.

A worldwide organization founded in 1979, Feed the Children supplies goods to more than 200 organizations in the Eastern United States.

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