Couple, Homeless Man Made Up Scam Behind $400,000 GoFundMe Campaign

Johnny Bobbitt left with Kate Mc Clure and Mark D'Amico

Following earlier legal turmoil, the couple reportedly turned themselves in to authorities on Wednesday and will face charges for allegedly conspiring with the man to make up a heartwarming story in order to crowdfund the fortune, according to newly reported court documents.

The couple told reporters he bought McClure gas late one night when she was stranded in Philadelphia. "Lock the doors. I'll be back.' I was just like, 'OK, '" she said, adding that Bobbitt came back with $20 he had made from panhandling.

Authorities believe the couple and Bobbitt met at least a month before the campaign was launched, possibly on one of the couple's many trips to SugarHouse Casino.

Coffina said that by March 2018, the couple spent the vast majority of the donated money on a auto, vacations, a number of handbags and casino visits. Charges against veteran, Johnny Bobbitt, were unexpected.

In one text exchange in March 2018, McClure anxious that she and D'Amico had less than $10,000 USA remaining, but D'Amico wasn't concerned, Coffina said.

Prosecutors did not immediately return a call for comment, and reps for the couple and Bobbitt were not available.

Bobbitt accused the couple of dipping into the funds for personal expenses and sued them over mismanagement.

Investigators searched McClure and D'Amico's Florence home in September "in connection with a criminal investigation into the Johnny Bobbitt matter", Burlington Cofina said in a statement at the time.

"The paying it forward story that drove this fundraiser might seem too good to be true", Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina said at a press briefing Thursday afternoon.

In September, GoFundMe vowed to give Bobbitt the rest of the money that was donated to him, and it isn't clear whether that has happened or not.

All three are now expected to face charges of conspiracy and theft by deception, the NBC10 source told the station.

"All donors who contributed to this GoFundMe campaign will receive a full refund", said Bobby Whithorne of the online fundraising company.

Net proceeds for Ms McClure and Mr D'Amico amounted to more than $367,000 (£287,000) and was spent on a auto, holidays, high-end handbags and casino gambling. The couple, who initially said they were holding on to the money out of fear that Bobbitt would spend it on drugs, were ordered to put the remaining funds into an escrow account. He later filed a lawsuit against McClure and D'Amico.

Bobbitt said McClure and her boyfriend, Mark D'Amico, gave him $25,000, but that he had given it away to relatives and used it for himself including for drugs.

D'Amico and McClure denied the allegations.



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