Couple, homeless man charged with faking story that earned $400K in donations

15 November, 2018, 20:39 | Author: Wade Massey
  • FILE Johnny Bobbitt left with couple Kate Mc Clure and Mark D'Amico

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.

A New Jersey couple who made national headlines after raising almost half a million dollars for a homeless man through a GoFundMe page is facing criminal charges.

The story of D'Amico, McClure and Bobbitt went viral in November 2017, according to nj.com.

The fund quickly grew to more than $400,000, with donations from more than 14,000 people. Her boyfriend, Mark D'Amico, set up a GoFundMe account for Bobbitt.

The couple and Bobbitt, who only initially hoped to raise about $10,000, suddenly had this huge sum of money and national attention to go with it. Bobbitt eventually went to the Philly Inquirer and said he was back on the street while the couple was spending his money on vacations. The Burlington County Prosecutor's office is expected to make an announcement in the case Thursday, according to multiple reports.

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

Bobbitt lived for a short time on the couple's property in a camper purchased for him but later was told to leave and became homeless again.

The couple turned themselves in to authorities on Wednesday, but Bobbitt was still at large, the news station said.

In September, police raided the couple's home and seized several items, including a used BMW that investigators hauled away on a flatbed truck.

GoFundMe and the law firm representing Bobbitt issued a joint statement last week saying he would receive all the money raised for him.

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