New Jersey couple, homeless man conspired on fraudulent GoFundMe campaign, report says

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

Homeless vet, couple allegedly made up story for GoFundMe scam

That campaign eventually raised $400,000, from people eager to help the homeless man with the heart of gold.

The couple told reporters he bought McClure gas late one night when she was stranded in Philadelphia.

D'Amico has said Bobbitt spent $25,000 in less than two weeks past year on drugs, as well as paying for overdue legal bills and sending money to family.

"Less than an hour after the GoFundMe campaign went live, McClure, in a text exchange with a friend, stated that the story about Bobbitt assisting her was 'completely made up.' She did not run out of gas on an I-95 off-ramp, and he did not spend his last $20 to help her".

Burlington County prosecutor Scott Coffina has scheduled a news conference for Thursday afternoon.

According to NBC Philadelphia, a source familiar with the case says Mark D'Amico, his girlfriend, Kate McClure, and Johnny Bobbitt will face charges that include conspiracy and theft by deception.

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McClure, 28, and D'Amico, 39, of Florence Township, were both arrested on Wednesday, according to the court records. Their lawyer, WCAU reported, had no comment.

This photo taken August 15, 2018, shows Johnny Bobbitt Jr., the homeless veteran who gave $20 for gas for Kate McClure, back on the streets with his brother.

"We were thinking, 'What if we set up a GoFundMe for this guy just to get him off the street for a weekend?,'" McClure said at the time.

She said Bobbitt used his panhandling money to get her out of the jam. It was not clear if Bobbitt had turned himself in as well.

The pair denied the claims, but in August a USA judge ordered them to hand over the remains of the funds.

In September, the Burlington County Prosecutor's Office launched a criminal investigation into the missing GoFundMe donations and raided the couple's home, seizing a BMW and other belongings.

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