Woman, Homeless Man Involved In GoFundMe Case Arrested

FILE Johnny Bobbitt was reportedly homeless and addicted to drugs in November 2017 when he gave his last $20 to Kate McClure a stranded motorist on the side of the road in Philadelphia

In an effort to thank Bobbitt for the kind gesture, McClure and her boyfriend, Mark D'Amico, created a GoFundMe account for him, which ultimately raised $400,000 from more than 14,000 people.

D'Amico and McClure said that because Bobbitt was a junkie, they were hanging onto his cash for safe keeping. In order to keep up the charade, the complaint says they prevented donors from learning information that would "affect their judgement" about the GoFundMe campaign, and failed to "correct their story".

All three are now set to face charges including conspiracy and theft by deception, with D'Amico and McClure surrendering themselves to cops on Wednesday. Bobbitt hired a pro-bono attorney, who announced that instead of the full $402,000, Bobbitt only received $75,000, which he used for a camper and an SUV, instead of actual housing.

McClure said that in an attempt to thank Bobbitt for his help, she set up the fundraising page, which brought in more than $400,000 USA and landed them in the national and global news.

The viral story of a New Jersey couple that crowdfunded $400,000 for a homeless veteran took a shocking turn after prosecutors alleged it was all a scam.

The couple denied mismanaging the funds and claimed they withheld the money from Bobbitt so as not to fuel his drug habit. "There should be close to another $300,000 available to Johnny", Bobbitt's lawyer Chris Fallon told CNN. Bobbitt reportedly believed the New Jersey-based couple was spending it on themselves, citing recent lavish trips, a new BMW, and some gambling.

McClure and D'Amico were arrested Wednesday in Burlington County and released on bail, Coffina said.

Prosecutors said the couple had known each other for about a month before the fake story was first posted online.

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Investigators searched McClure and D'Amico's Florence home in September "in connection with a criminal investigation into the Johnny Bobbitt matter", Burlington Cofina said in a statement at the time.

"During one text exchange in March 2018, McClure lamented that the pair had less than $10,000 remaining", said Coffina.

"The entire campaign was predicated on a lie", Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina said. He later sued the couple.

All donors who contributed to the campaign will be refunded by GoFundMe, the company announced Thursday.

A lawyer for McClure and D'Amico declined to comment.

A photograph of Ms McClure and Mr Bobbitt, a veteran and drug addict who had lived on the streets for several years, standing on the side of the road, fronted the fundraising campaign.

An investigation into the case was launched back in September.

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