Homeless man and woman he helped in court over GoFundMe account

02 September, 2018, 18:29 | Author: Trevor Moore
  • Johnny Bobbitt Jr. left Kate McClure right and McClure's boyfriend Mark D'Amico pose at a Citgo station in Philadelphia. Bobbitt a homeless man whose selfless act of using his last $20 to fill the gas tank

The homeless man from Philadelphia who gave a woman his last $20 last fall so she could fill up her gas tank is now suing her.

A New Jersey judge issued the order Thursday, Aug. 30, during a hearing on a lawsuit brought by Johnny Bobbitt, the man who made headlines fame by helping Katie McClure when her auto ran out of gas on the I-95 exit ramp near Philadelphia.

The dispute led to a lawsuit, with Bobbitt demanding the funds and accusing the couple of using the money they raised for their own personal use.

The couple has until the end of Friday to put that money into an escrow account, and open the books to show how the money has been spent.

Ms McClure set up the GoFundMe fundraiser page as a way to give back to Mr Bobbitt, and it raised more than $400,000 in funds donated by more than 15,000 people. On Wednesday, he said he and McClure had opened up a separate account for Bobbitt.

D'Amico told the Philadelphia Inquirer last week that roughly $AU270,000 was left of the $AU546,000 raised. The couple has been accused of misappropriating funds and ordered by a judge to give the money to Bobbitt.

Ms McClure and her boyfriend, Mark D'Amico, started a GoFundMe to pay back his kindness, eventually raising more than $US400,000.

On Monday, McClure and D'Amico appeared on "Today", telling Megyn Kelly that about $150,000 was left, Fallon said.

Kate McClure and Johnny Bobbitt reunite for the first time on TV after Bobbitt helped McClure when her vehicle broke down in Philadelphia.

"He's really left us with no choice but to go forward, said Fallon, one of two pro bono lawyers from Cozen O'Connor in Philadelphia whom Bobbitt retained last week".

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It was late fall of 2017 when Bobbitt - homeless and struggling with addiction in Philadelphia - gave his last $20.00 to help Kate McClure, whose auto had broken down.

They are now preparing the accounting that will "show where the money went", Badway said.

The couples' lawyer denied that they spent the money on themselves and said accounting will show the truth.

The couple have said they were wary of giving Bobbitt money because they feared he would use it to feed his drug addiction.

"I think it might have been good intentions in the beginning, but with that amount of money, I think it became greed", Bobbitt told the Philadelphia Inquirer.

"I'll burn it in front of him", D'Amico said in an interview with the Inquirer. "Write what you want", he told the Philadelphia Inquirer.

"From what I can see, the GoFundMe account raised $402,000 and GoFundMe charged a fee of approximately $30,000".

McClure began to cry when Kelly asked about the death threats the couple had received since the Inquirer story published over the weekend.

The couple also bought Mr Bobbitt a camper with some of the funds and parked it on land Ms McClure's family owns in Florence.



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