Couple Homeless Man Allegedly Made Up Story to Scam GoFundMe Donations

first_img GoFundMe Raises Money For Gov’t Workers During ShutdownCrowdfunding Campaign Raises Money For Girls to See ‘Captain Marvel’ A couple who became famous last year for raising more than $400,000 on a GoFundMe campaign for a homeless man after he helped with their car, allegedly conspired with each other to concoct a false story to raise money for themselves, according to a complaint obtained by NBC 10 Philadelphia.Prosecutors believe the couple Mark D’Amico and Kate McClure conspired with the homeless man, Johnny Bobbitt, to create the story for a get-rich-quick-scheme on the fundraising platform. All three face charges including conspiracy and theft by deception, according to NBC10’s source.D’Amico and McClure turned themseleves in on Wednesday to Burlington County, New Jersey, authorities, but Bobbit was still at large, the news station said. The Burlington County Prosecutor’s office is expected to make an announcement in the case on Thursday, reported The New York Post, citing multiple reports.The original GoFundMe campaign started by the couple in November 2017 claimed that Bobbitt, a homeless drug addict, spent his last $20 to fill up McClure’s gas tank after her car broke down on I-95 near Philadelphia. The campaign went viral, and raised thousands of dollars just days after the campaign went live. McClure, 28, and D’Amico, 29, ultimately raised more than $400,000.Johnny Bobbitt was reportedly a homeless drug addict in November 2017 when he gave his last $20 to Kate McClure, who was stranded in Philadelphia. (Photo Credit: GoFundMe)But the story began to look suspicious after Bobbit sued the couple in August last year, claiming that they were withholding the funds raised on GoFundMe from him, and using the money as a “personal pigggy bank.”The couple initially denied Bobbitt’s claim and accused Bobbitt of being on drugs and refused to give him the money until he was clean.In September, a lawyer for Bobbitt, Jacqueline Promisli, told The New York Post that the couple spent the money on shopping sprees, including a Louis Vuitton bag, Chanel sunglasses and a new iPhone 10.GoFundMe ultimately gave Bobbitt roughly $75,000, which he used to purchase a camper and SUV — both of which he no longer has, according to reports. The company has said they will provide Bobbitt, who was recently sleeping under a bridge, the full amount he is owed regardless of the civil case’s outcome.Last week, investigators with a search warrant went to the couple’s home in Bordentown, New Jersey, and seized a 2015 BMW, several Louis Vuitton bags and “anything else of value,” the Post reported.The lawyer for the couple had no comment Thursday, according to NBC10.The Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office has said it will announce new developments in the case Thursday afternoon.More on Geek.com:How to Help Victims of California WildfiresDrone Fleets Could Aid Forest Searches for Lost HikersAt MIT, Machines Learn Language the Same Way Kids Do Stay on targetlast_img read more

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