LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- A Louisville man is facing some serious charges after he was accused of stealing thousands intended for a 3-year-old cancer patient.
The parents of Addie Roberts said their family friend, Kyle Nunn, offered to set up a Jason Aldean benefit concert to raise money for the toddler’s leukemia treatments, but instead pocketed the money.
Early last year life for the Roberts family seemed picture perfect. Within four years, Angela and Ben were married had two beautiful daughters, and a third on the way. Then in September came the devastating news their eldest daughter, Addie, was diagnosed with leukemia at just four months before she turned three.
Addie’s story touched many in their community. So, Ben Roberts said he wasn't shocked last October when he heard Nunn, a long time family friend, wanted to help.
Nunn’s offer did seem somewhat over the top, however, Ben said Nunn seemed to be able to deliver country star Jason Aldean for a benefit concert for Addie.
Nunn even got the popular Highlands bar, Baxters 942, to host the event scheduled for Thanksgiving weekend. All he needed, Nunn allegedly told them, was money up front to pay the band members who wouldn't agree to play for free.
Baxters wrote Nunn a check for $6,000. The Roberts said they paid $3,000. Both parties said given Nunn's connection to the Roberts family they never imagined he had ill intentions.
Although Nunn cashed their checks immediately, he allegedly continued to meet with Baxters and the Roberts pretending to plan the concert.
A Baxters co-owner said he eventually got in touch with Jason Aldean’s manager and found Nunn had never hired him or his band to perform at a benefit for Addie. They then canceled the event and went to police.
Nunn was arrested Friday in Bullit County. He’s charged with theft by unlawfully taking.
Baxters 942, nor Jason Aldean is believed to have anything to do with the alleged scam.