Remember the couple who raised $400k for homeless man who gave them his last dollar? Well, he's back on the streets
After showing off their celebration of gratitude, the couple has only given out a bare minimum to the man who gave them everything he had.
The lawyer of a homeless man has claimed that the money raised on his behalf by a woman -- who was helped by him -- via GoFundMe has not been received by him in the full amount. According to reports, Kate McClure started a money-raising campaign for Johnny Bobbitt Jr last year after he helped her out with the last amount of money he had.
The 35-year-old North Carolina native, who has been homeless all his life, made it to the headlines last year when he gave away his last $20 to 28-year-old Kate who was stranded for running out of petrol on Interstate 95 in Philadelphia.
As a note of gratitude, Kate and her boyfriend, Mark D'Amico, began a campaign on GoFundMe where their heartwarming story received responses from 14,347 donors who generously contributed to the campaign. The contributions kept flowing in as the trio appeared on Good Morning America, the BBC, and their story was carried by several newspapers across the country.
The couple had posted on the GoFundMe page, "He will never have to worry about a roof over his head again!! We thank everyone who had a part of this amazing ride." The couple also promised to set up two trusts for Bobbitt's benefit, hiring a lawyer and a financial advisor who could help him with his money and investments. They had also stated that the first thing on the list for Johnny would be a new home.
However, things did not go as they were promised. Johnny never got a new home, instead landed up living until June on McClure's family land in rural Florence Township, Burlington County. He was never given the promised 1999 Ford Ranger. He was instead given a used SUV which eventually broke down. However, the couple kept both the vehicles in McClure's name so that Johnny couldn't sell them. Amid all of this, Johnny himself had a pretty tough time dealing with his drug addiction, which has now sent him back to the streets, where he now spends his days looking for food and money to buy drugs.
In an interview with CNN, Johnny's lawyer, Chris Fallon, stated, "From what I can see, the GoFundMe account raised $402,000 and GoFundMe charged a fee of approximately $30,000. Mark D'Amico and Kate McClure gave Johnny about $75,000. There should be close to another $300,000 available to Johnny." While Fallon has been working with another attorney, Jacqueline Promislo, to take back the money, he stated that the main concern was to find a guardian who would look after the money that the 14,347 people had donated. Promislo also said, "This was not his choice and he didn't have any say in the matter. Johnny would have preferred to go back to North Carolina. That would have been a much better environment."
Johnny is presently residing on the streets of Philadelphia.