Good news for homeless man deprived of GoFundMe money

Posted September 09, 2018

Citing "enormous public interest" in the case, county prosecutor Scott Coffina confirmed in a Facebook post that Mark D'Amico and Katelyn McClure are under investigation, though no charges have been filed.

The story of Johnny Bobbitt went viral last fall when Kate McClure and her boyfriend, Mark D'Amico, ran a wildly successful GoFundMe crowdfunding campaign after Bobbitt helped McClure when she ran out of gas.

Investigators from the Burlington County Prosecutor's Office searched the couple's home on Thursday and were seen removing items and towing away a BMW auto, local media said.

Bobbitt's story made headlines on Thanksgiving in 2017 when he gave McClure his last $20 for gas after her vehicle ran out of fuel in a rough Philadelphia neighborhood.

"With the money, I would like to get him first and last month's rent at an apartment, a reliable vehicle, and four-to-six months' worth of expenses", she wrote on the GoFundMe page during the campaign. He sued them to try to recover the donated funds, but earlier this week, a lawyer for the couple said the money was gone.

In a statement, GoFundMe said that it was working with law enforcement to ensure Bobbitt receives all of the funds that were raised for him and that it has given $20,000 to a bank account created by Bobbitt's legal team.

"I pulled over to the side of the road as far as I could and I was going to get out and walk to the nearest gas station because it was not that far away, and that's when I met Johnny", she said.

Police and other investigators swarmed the property while D'Amico was in the backyard swinging a golf club on the lawn.

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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.

The couple has denied any wrongdoing but has communicated with the courts through their attorney.

Badway told the judge that if his clients have to appear to give depositions Monday, then Bobbitt should, too.

Bobbitt wonders how McClure, a receptionist for the New Jersey Department of Transportation, paid for the new BMW she drives and for vacations to California, Florida, and Las Vegas, as well as a helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon. Bobbitt claims that he's only received $75,000 of the $400,000 raised.

Bobbitt, 35, captured national headlines previous year after giving McClure, 28, his last $20 to buy gas when her vehicle broke down on Interstate 95 near Philadelphia, where he was living under a bridge. They alleged that Bobbit spent some of it on drugs and that they were withholding the rest. Bobbitt is starting a 30-day rehab program, his lawyer said in court on Wednesday.

The couple's attorney, Ernest Badway, argued in court that they have given Bobbitt more than $200,000 of the funds raised. Dow also voiced concern that McClure and D'Amico will attempt to flee her jurisdiction.

Chris Fallon, Bobbitt's attorney, also didn't immediately respond Thursday to a request for comment.

There was even an appearance on NBC's "Megyn Kelly Today" show. The couple and Bobbitt had previously told reporters last month that he received just several thousands of dollars, which Bobbitt admitted spending some on his opioid addiction. He's reportedly getting treatment at a detox facility.