Homeless hero Johnny Bobbitt ‘colluded with couple for GoFundMe con’

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

A New Jersey couple who raised hundreds of thousands of dollars on GoFundMe for a homeless man allegedly worked with the vagrant in an elaborate scam, according to reports.

A couple from Burlington County, and the homeless veteran they launched a fundraising campaign for, will reportedly all face charges. "Unfortunately it was. The entire campaign was predicated on a lie". "It was fictitious and illegal and there are consequences".

A Philadelphia prisons spokeswoman says Johnny Bobbitt was brought in Wednesday night by USA marshals and remained in custody Thursday on probation detainers and a $50,000 bond.

D'Amico has said Bobbitt spent $25,000 in less than two weeks in December on drugs, in addition to paying overdue legal bills and sending money to his family.

Philadelphia obtained a copy of a complaint by Burlington County prosecutors that accuses Mark D'Amico and Kate McClure of conspiring with Johnny Bobbitt Jr.to deceive GoFundMe users into making donations. The couple claimed he helped McClure get gas after she became stranded on Interstate 95 in Philadelphia previous year.

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 United States and landed them in the national and worldwide news.

When asked if the trio would have gotten away with their scheme if not for their disagreements over the distribution of the money, Coffina said they very well may have.

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"This is a well thought out plan that Johnny his lawyer and financial advisor came up with in order to give Johnny the means to acclimate back into a "normal" life and also to protect him and ensure he has a bright future", McClure wrote.

Investigators reviewed more than 67,000 text messages in the case, including one McClure sent to a friend that read, "Okay so wait the gas part is completely made up, but the guy isn't". So he chose to sue the couple for fraud in August. 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.

The couple stated that they were withholding funds from Bobbitt because of his addiction, while Bobbitt said they kicked him off of their property and sold his camper and SUV.

In September, police raided the couple's south Jersey home, but they were not charged at the time.

CBS3 can confirm that Katelyn McClure was taken into custody by the Burlington County Prosecutor's Office on Wednesday.

D'Amico and McClure denied the allegations.

What was once a feel-good story may lead to conspiracy charges for a New Jersey couple and a homeless man they raised money for following a good deed. "We are fully cooperating and assisting law enforcement officials to recover every dollar withdrawn by Ms. McClure and Mr. D'Amico".

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