Investigators raid home of couple who raised funds for homeless man
09 September, 2018, 14:36 | Author: Trevor Moore
On Thursday the couple's home was searched as part of a criminal investigation, Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina said in a statement, but charges haven't been filed, CNN reported. He added that no charges had been filed yet. "Further updates will be provided as circumstances warrant".
It seemed like a feel-good story: A homeless man bought a stranded woman a tank of gas with his last $20, and in return she set up a GoFundMe campaign to help him get back on his feet that ultimately raised a whopping $400,000.
Katie McClure and Mark D'Amico are accused of defrauding Johnny Bobbitt after raising $400,000 for him through GoFundMe. Ultimately, the campaign raised more than $402,000 from more than 14,000 donors.
"Johnny sits on the side of the road every day, holding a sign", McClure wrote on the page, which was created on November 10, 2017. "A few minutes later, he comes back with a red gas can".
Where Did the Money Go?
Bobbitt said at the time that he did not have an attorney or financial advisor.
"I always felt like I was in a weird situation", Bobbitt told ABC.
After Bobbitt gained pro-bono representation from Philadelphia law firm Cozen O'Connor, the case took a few odd twists.
McClure and D'Amico raised the money starting late a year ago to buy Bobbitt, among other things, his own home and his "dream" truck: a 1999 Ford Ranger. But in less than 24 hours, GoFundMe announced that no matter where the money went, they would make good on Johnny Bobbitt's expectations and pay off all of the cash which can't be accounted for.
His lawyer claims they spent a majority of that money, a claim the couple denies.
"Every dollar he ever touched was used for drugs", D'Amico said in the interview.
It's not yet known how much money is owed to Bobbitt.
The couple last month said that they purchased a camper and a used SUV for Bobbitt, although both remained in McClure's name. Earlier this week, the organization gave Bobbitt $20,000 to assist him while his lawyers investigate the case. McClure is a receptionist for the New Jersey Department of Transportation, and D'Amico is a carpenter, according to the Inquirer.
McClure and D'Amico started the crowdfunding campaign after Bobbitt came to McClure's rescue on the side of the road in October 2017. The policy also exempts claims over a "disagreement with how a campaign organizer or beneficiary uses funds raised in excess of the stated campaign goal at the time of your donation".
During a recent appearance on NBC's "Megyn Kelly Today" show, D'Amico told Kelly there was well over $150,000 left of the donations.
In court Wednesday, the couple's lawyer said Bobbitt has gotten about $200,000. The court had ordered them to account for what they spent and put the rest in a trust for the homeless veteran.
This photo taken August 15, 2018, shows Johnny Bobbitt Jr.
Officials were at the couple's home in Bordentown early on September 6, a day after a judge ordered them to appear in court, Fox29 reported. "They're New Jerseyans. They have been here forever". A judge has ordered McClure, D'Amico and Bobbitt to appear at a deposition on Monday.
Attorney Chris Fallon, appears in a New Jersey court on behalf of Johnny Bobbitt last month. Bobbitt, whose attorney says he is entering a drug addiction program, will also be deposed.
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