New Jersey couple and a homeless man charged in $400K GoFundMe scam

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

A feel-good tale of a homeless man using his last $20 to help a stranded New Jersey woman buy gas was actually a complete lie, manufactured to get strangers to donate more than $400,000 USA to help the down-and-out good Samaritan, a prosecutor said Thursday.

A couple from Burlington County, and the homeless veteran they launched a fundraising campaign for, will reportedly all face charges.

Now, homeless man, Johnny Bobbit Jr and the couple, Kate McClure and Mark D'Amico, who seemingly helped him get back on his financial feet, are now facing charges for making the whole story up. In order to keep up the charade, the complaint says they prevented donors from learning information that would "affect their judgement" about the GoFundMe campaign, and failed to "correct their story". "It was fictitious and illegal and there are consequences".

Bobbitt, 35, was arrested Wednesday night by USA marshals in Philadelphia and remained in custody Thursday on probation detainers and a $50,000 United States bond.

NBC reported that D'Amico and McClure turned themselves in to authorities Wednesday, but Bobbitt's whereabouts were unknown.

The three are charged with conspiracy and theft by deception.

In numerous media appearances, McClure claimed she was driving to meet a friend in September 2017 when she ran out of gas around midnight on the I-95 exit ramp near Philadelphia and Bobbitt, who was sleeping under a nearby overpass, came to her rescue.

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McClure and D'Amico had met Bobbitt near a casino they frequented and had known him for about a month before the GoFundMe campaign went live, he said. Coffina said that the company worked closely with investigators, and would be announcing that it will provide a full refund to anyone who donated to the couple's GoFundMe page.

"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. He later sued the couple. Bobbitt's lawyer says his client received about $75,000.

Ernest Badway, an attorney for D'Amico and McClure, told NBC News he had no comment early Thursday.

Bobbitt, left, was arrested Wednesday night and remained in custody Thursday, while D'Amico and McClure surrendered to authorities Wednesday night and were released.

Bobbitt's attorney told New Jersey 101.5 the funds meant for his client were "gone" after the couple missed a court-ordered deadline to turn over the balance.

Police raided McClure and D'Amico's New Jersey home in September, taking bags and boxes of items and the BMW the couple had purchased. He later filed a lawsuit against McClure and D'Amico.

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