Homeless man and couple allegedly made up 'last $20' story for GoFundMe to dupe people and raise thousands of dollars

The couple, Kate McClure and Mark D'Amico from Bordentown, New Jersey, made headlines after they set up a GoFundMe page for homeless man Johnny Bobbitt on November 10, 2017


                            Homeless man and couple allegedly made up 'last $20' story for GoFundMe to dupe people and raise thousands of dollars

A homeless man was found to have allegedly conspired with a couple in New Jersey by making up an emotional story to scam donors across the country into giving them $400,000 on their GoFundMe page. The couple, Kate McClure and Mark D'Amico from Bordentown, New Jersey, made headlines across the country after they set up a GoFundMe page for homeless man Johnny Bobbitt on November 10, 2017.

The story begins with McClure driving down the I-95 interstate motorway one night when her car decided to stop. It had run out of gas and she was driving to Philadelphia. She had to pull over somewhere and fill gas at the nearest gas station, reported the Daily Mail.

Kate McClure with Johnny Bobbitt (Source: GoFundMe)
Kate McClure with Johnny Bobbitt (Source: GoFundMe)

Unfortunately, she did not have any cash on her at the time and was figuring out what to do when she was approached by a homeless man. Johnny Bobbitt Jr. came up to her when he noticed her car break down. He immediately went over to see if she needed any assistance. When Kate told him what the problem was, he asked her to sit in the car, lock her doors and wait for him to come back, as the area was quite unsafe. A while later, Johnny was back with a can of gas that he bought with his last $20. His selfless act helped Kate reach home safely that day.

More than 14,000 kind-hearted people donated to the campaign that the couple set up as a way of thanking Bobbitt for making sure that McClure was able to get home safely. NBC10, however, has now reported that it has been shockingly revealed that the couple and the alleged homeless man will all be facing charges that include conspiracy and theft by deception.

A source said to be familiar with the case told the news station that, according to a complaint, the trio allegedly made up a false story so that they could raise the money and keep it for themselves. The source also said that McClure and D'Amico turned themselves in to Burlington County prosecutors on November 14. It is still not clear if Bobbitt turned himself in.

(Source: GoFundMe)
(Source: GoFundMe)

The complaint also claimed that the trio intentionally prevented donors from knowing any information "that would affect their judgment about solicited contribution to that fundraising effort". Their relationship is said to have soured after the story became national news.

Bobbitt came forward and shockingly accused the couple of using all the funds meant for him to bankroll an extravagant lifestyle. He also claimed that the majority of the money never reached him. The couple has repeatedly claimed that they did nothing wrong and they were not misusing the money. Bobbitt, however, sued the couple after claiming that they mismanaged a large sum of the donations.

The couple immediately denied any of Bobbitt's claims and instead claimed that they were cautious of giving the man all the money because they were afraid he would spend it on drugs. D'Amico also said that Bobbitt spent $25,000 in less than two weeks last December on drugs, aside from paying overdue legal bills and sending money to his family.



 

In August 2018, however, a judge ordered that the couple give Bobbitt what was left of the donations. McClure and D'Amico also bought the once-homeless man a camper with some of the money and parked it on some land that McClure's family owns in Florence. Bobbitt became homeless again after D'Amico told him in June this year that he would have to leave the property.

When D'Amico was questioned by a reporter after having to go to court on unrelated traffic charges in September this year, he said that everything that is going on in the GoFundMe case will soon become "crystal clear". The couple's rural New Jersey home was raided by investigators with a search warrant and a brand-new BMW seized among other items.