Louisville man allegedly stole $9,000 from child with Leukemia
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Louisville man has been arrested after police say he stole $9,000 that was supposed to go toward a benefit concert for a sick child.
Kyle T. Nunn was arrested in Bullitt County on Friday night.
According to an arrest warrant, the thefts took place in Oct. 2013. Police say that on Oct. 5, Nunn contacted the manager of Baxter's 942 Bar & Grill and entered into an agreement to organize a benefit concert for the sick child, Addilyn Roberts, a child who was diagnosed with Leukemia at the age of 2.
"It's been pretty difficult to have a healthy child for so long and then it just hits. It's a lot for a family to endure, but she's been so strong through it and she just keeps us all strong," said Angela Roberts, Addie's mother.
The concert was to feature Jason Aldean, a pop country singer, as entertainment. The Roberts family says they had trusted Nunn because they were high school friends and have known him for so long.
"How you can target someone that you know, a child at that, battling cancer? It's just heart wrenching to think someone you went to school with someone you totally trust would do something like that," Angela Roberts said.
Police say the restaurant gave Nunn a check for $6,000.
On Oct. 23, police say Nunn called the parents of the child and gave them the "false impression" that he needed a check for the concert. One of the parents wrote a check out to a "Davis Cooper," who Nunn said was affiliated with Aldean. Police say that is also the name of Nunn's stepfather.
Nunn also received a check for $3,000 from Roberts' foundation, "Addie's Army."
Police say they obtained surveillance video of Nunn cashing the $6,000 check at JPMorgan Chase. The second check was allegedly cashed by Nunn's step-father, Davis Cooper, who was "in no way associated with Jason Aldean," according to a police report.
Police say there never was a benefit concert. Nunn allegedly kept the money for his own use.
A warrant was issued for his arrest on Jan. 17. Now in custody, Nunn is charged with theft by deception.
"At first, it kind of shocked me more than anything, of course you get upset with something like that," said Ben Roberts, Addie's father.
Angela Roberts says there were no warning signs.
"It all seemed real. He made up emails, an email account for Jason Aldean's manager. He had it all in writing, so he definitely planned this out."
The concert was supposed to be the day after Thanksgiving. But the Roberts say even after that, Nunn kept saying this is not what it looks like. But the family says they realized it was a scam.
Since she was diagnosed with leukemia in September, Addie has received contributions from other groups and people to help with medical costs.
"Life moves on. We're facing so much other stuff, bigger than that right now. We just want to see him do some time and hopefully get back some money. If not, it's just a lesson learned. Be careful who you trust," Ben Roberts said.
"They say she has 85 percent survival rate. She is cancer free at the moment, so cancer treatments are working," Angela Roberts said.
Addie's Army bracelets and t-shirts are available on the charity's Facebook page
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