Monday, 10 June 2013 20:38

A Glasgow man who scammed more than $11,000 in cash, goods and perks from a kindhearted  Wisconsin race car driver last month is in jail after he raised suspicions by trying the scam again.  Robert L. Dougherty, 42, of Glasgow, was charged Friday in Outagamie County Wisconsin Court with one count of felony theft. He’s being held in the Outagamie County Jail on a $25,000 cash bond.


Police last week learned Dougherty’s son didn’t have terminal cancer as his father claimed.  According to an article in the Appleton Wisconsin Post Crescent Newpaper,

Dougherty contacted the race car driver last month and requested an autographed picture. As they talked, Dougherty said the family moved from Wisconsin to Kentucky so his son could get care for thyroid cancer.


Medical bills were starting to stack and the boy had just two months to live, Dougherty claimed.

The driver, who is not being identified, and his wife offered a trip to the family. They paid for a van rental, arranged a three-day hotel stay and brought the family to a race. Fans contributed to the boy’s cause.

The driver also gave a used minivan to Dougherty.

But when Dougherty contacted a North Carolina race driver with the same story, he raised suspicions. Police in Kentucky were able to determine the boy didn’t have cancer.

Dougherty was arrested Thursday after making a trip to Appleton Wisconsin.

Dougherty faces up to 10 years in prison and $25,000 in fines if convicted. Authorities were able to recover some of the money, the complaint says.


He told police he told two other race car crivers that his son was terminally ill. A California driver sent him posters and a remote control car, the complaint says.


Dougherty told authorities he also asked for signed hockey pucks in 2011 from the Nashville Predators.


He will return to court June 17 for a preliminary hearing.


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