The feel-good story of a New Jersey couple helping out a kindhearted homeless man has taken yet another ugly turn, with a judge ordering the pair to appear in court and a subsequent police raid on their home.
The couple's home was searched as part of a criminal investigation, Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina said in a statement, but charges have not been filed, CNN reported.
In court on Thursday, the couple agreed to let a forensic accountant open up their books to see where those fundraising dollars were deposited.
The allegations were used as a basis for obtaining the search warrant, which generally requires a lesser standard of proof than an arrest warrant.
"As of this time, there have been no charges filed", the prosecutor added.
The initially touching tale drew national attention last fall when Bobbitt gave McClure his last $20 after she ran out of gas on a freeway ramp outside of Philadelphia. Both items have since been sold and the proceeds were provided to Bobbitt, they said.
He claims he only received $75,000. To pay it forward, McClure and D'Amico later started the online fundraiser for Bobbitt, drawing more than 14,000 donations.
Officials were at the couple's home in Bordentown early on September 6, a day after a judge ordered them to appear in court, Fox29 reported.
For the time being, the money will be transferred to an account controlled by Bobbitt's lawyers, but it can not be used until the judge determines who will manage it. TV news footage showed D'Amico whiffing a golf club on the lawn as officers carried boxes of evidence out of his house. They alleged that Bobbit spent some of it on drugs and that they were withholding the rest. Rather than genuinely reaching out to outside resources over any concerns, McClure and D'Amico treated Bobbitt horribly and drained the money meant to assist him. On September 6, they strengthened that position, noting that whatever the outcome of the court case they immediately plan to award Bobbitt the full amount of what he still hasn't received (the actual amount remains unclear).
Whithorne said that not only will Bobbitt receive the balance of the funds, but the company is making it easier for donors in the Bobbitt campaign to get their money back.
A judge ordered the couple to wire remaining money into a trust set up for Bobbitt, and the judge will determine how the money will be managed. Bobbitt got McClure gas when she was stranded in Philadelphia. D'Amico told the newspaper he had indeed used $500 from the bank account to gamble on a night when he forgot his Sugarhouse Casino card but had "quickly repaid" the money with his winnings.
In a particularly damning quote, D'Amico said he'd "never" give all the GoFundMe money to Bobbitt.
GoFundMe has deposited $20,000 into an escrow account for Bobbitt while the investigation into the possible misuse of funds continues, according to the Inquirer.
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