Couple and homeless veteran allegedly scammed GoFundMe donors out of $400K

Posted November 16, 2018

But the plot's feel-good veneer started to crack over the summer, when Bobbitt, 35, sued the Florence Township couple, claiming that he saw only about $75,000 as McClure, 28, and D'Amico, 39, blew the rest on splurges including a new BMW and designer shoes.

McClure and D'Amico have repeatedly denied any wrongdoing or misusing any of the money.

"Johnny did not ask me for a dollar, and I couldn't repay him at that moment because I didn't have any cash, but I have been stopping by his spot for the past few weeks", McClure wrote in her post. But prosecutors say they found evidence all three knew each other for at least a month before and set up the scheme. Bobbitt's attorney, Christopher Fallon Jr., did not immediately respond to our request for comment.

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

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.

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The couple turned themselves in on Wednesday. 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.

In September, police raided the couple's south Jersey home, but they were not charged at the time. Bobbitt received $75,000, and within months McClure and D'Amico had "squandered" their share to buy a vehicle, high-end handbags and trips, Coffina said.

The Burlington County Prosecutor says he will announce a major development in the investigation at a press conference at 2 p.m. Thursday.

In September, a lawyer for the couple announced that he expected they would both be indicted for their role in the scam - but it was not known that all three of them were suspected in the plot until now.

GoFundMe told the prosecutors that it will work to refund money to anyone who donated.

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A photograph of Ms McClure and Mr Bobbitt, a veteran and drug addict who had lived on the streets for several years, standing on the side of the road, fronted the fundraising campaign.

It found McClure and D'Amico had conspired with Bobbitt to concoct an elaborate ruse to con unsuspecting donors moved by their fictional feel-good story, according to a complaint obtained by NBC Philadelphia.

The feel good story fell apart in August when Bobbitt claimed in a lawsuit he was never given any money and the couple spent it on a vacation and a auto.

"While this type of behavior by an individual is extremely rare, it's unacceptable and clearly it has consequences", he adds "Committing fraud, whether it takes place on or offline is against the law".

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