PHOENIX – An Arizona man has been accused of cheating a Chicago boy with a terminal illness out of a go-kart.
Douglas Riesberg, 53, received $11,000 from the Make-A-Wish Foundation's Chicago chapter in March for a custom go-kart for the boy, who is 16 and on dialysis, authorities said.
The go-kart was expected to be finished in three weeks, but police said Make-A-Wish never heard back from Riesberg.
Deputies found him in an Arizona jail on drug charges Saturday. He allegedly said he was having problems getting a custom go-kart and planned to give the boy his personal go-kart.
A request to interview Riesberg was not immediately answered. He remains jailed on fraud, theft and drug charges.
A Make-A-Wish spokesman said the foundation is working to make sure the wish is granted.