Man Accused of Using Country Star’s Name to Steal From Family of Sick Child
Authorities in Louisville, Ky. believe a local man scammed a family and a local business out of $9,000 by pretending he could arrange for Jason Aldean to play a benefit concert for a two-year-old girl with leukemia.
According to WAVE-TV in Louisville, 30-year-old Kyle Nunn has been arrested and charged with two felony counts of theft by deception after approaching Baxter's 942 bar and grill in October, claiming he wanted to stage a benefit concert for Addilyn Roberts, who was diagnosed with a form of leukemia in September. He allegedly led the management of the establishment to believe that Aldean would be performing, whereupon they wrote him a check for $6,000.
Arrest warrants state that Nunn then approached the child's parents, who provided a $3,000 check from her foundation, Addie's Army. Nunn reportedly asked them to make the check out to Davis Cooper, who he told them was affiliated with Aldean.
But according to Louisville's WDRB, Cooper is actually Nunn's stepfather, and both men were later seen cashing checks. The arrest warrant states that Nunn kept the money, and the concert, which was supposedly scheduled for the day after Thanksgiving, never took place.
Nunn was able to gain the family's trust in part because they went to high school together.
“How you can target someone that you know, a child at that, battling cancer,” Addie's mother, Angela Roberts, wonders. “It’s just heart-wrenching to think someone you went to school with, someone you totally trust, would do something like that.”
According to reports, neither Nunn nor Cooper are associated with Jason Aldean. The singer has not commented publicly on the matter.
Addie Roberts continues to battle leukemia through chemotherapy. Funds are being raised for her continuing care via a YouCaring page.