Couple and homeless man charged in charitable scam


Investigators searched the home of D'Amico and McClure in Florence, New Jersey, in September after questions arose about what happened to the money they raised for Bobbitt.

McClure has been charged with theft by deception and conspiracy. McClure wrote she had noticed Bobbitt while she was walking to the gas station, and he told her to go back to her auto while he went to the station, purchased a can of gas for her with his last $20, and brought it back to her. Johnny Bobbitt, a homeless man, was allegedly panhandling nearby, and used his last $20 to buy McClure enough gas to get home.

Johnny Bobbitt Jr., left, Kate McClure, right, and McClure's boyfriend Mark D'Amico pose at a Citgo station in Philadelphia. He has been transferred to Burlington County, New Jersey, to face charges related to the GoFundMe case.

At the time, he wrote that he had come across a woman who had run out of gas and had a flat tire at a Walmart in North Carolina.

Police in Philadelphia also arrested Bobbitt on Wednesday and said he was considered a fugitive of justice from Burlington County in connection with the case.

In response, McClure and D'Amico said that they withheld money from Bobbitt out of concern for him and said that Bobbitt was giving money away and spending more on drugs.

The prosecutor's office said the "fake feel good story" was predicated on a "lie" concocted a month before they launched the campaign.

Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina said he will announce developments in its investigation today, but did not disclose details.

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. "That's how I got the money to start with - from other people".

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 dollars and landed them in the national news.

In September, GoFundMe promised Bobbitt that he would receive the rest of the money owed to him.

D'Amico said that he had been controlling Bobbitt's money and said that he would dole out more funds when Bobbitt got a job and quit using drugs.

GoFundMe told the prosecutors that it will work to refund money to anyone who donated. He later filed a lawsuit against McClure and D'Amico.

In August, Bobbitt's lawyers sued the couple for fraud, claiming that the funds McClure and D'Amico raised were never used as promised. A lawyer for the couple had no comment when contacted by NBC10.