Brent Goodrich, a spokesman for Make-a-Wish, says Douglas Riesberg of Yuvapai County, Ariz., defrauded the charity of $11,000, which he allegedly took to build the go-kart for the unnamed 16-year-old boy from Peoria, Ill., WBBM-AM, Chicago, reported Saturday.
Yuvapai County officials told the station they arrested Riesberg on drug charges and allege he admitted taking the Make-a-Wish money to cover a business deal that went bad.
They said the boy was upset when he was taken off dialysis to meet Riesberg and the Arizona man never showed. Goodrich, however, said a go-kart manufacturer and other in the industry have called to help make it up to the sick boy.
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