Couple, homeless man face charges in alleged GoFundMe scam that went viral

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

Johnny Bobbitt, Kate McClure, and Mark D'Amico have each been charged with conspiracy and theft by deception over the GoFundMe scam.

An attorney for Bobbitt could not immediately be reached for comment.

The couple claim Bobbitt bought McClure gas late one night when she was stranded in Philadelphia.

Burlington County prosecutors outlined the allegations against Mark D'Amico, Katelyn McClure and Johnny Bobbitt on Thursday. In return, the couple went on Megyn Kelly's show and said Bobbitt had a drug problem and was using the cash to get high.

Coffina said D'Aminco and McClure had known Bobbitt for at least a month before the launch of the GoFundMe campaign after becoming friends during visits to a local gambling casino.

"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", McClure told "Good Morning America" in November 2017. 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.

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

"The entire campaign was predicated on a lie", said Coffina.

The Burlington County Prosecutors Office scheduled a press conference Thursday afternoon to discuss the case.

The homeless veteran and couple who raised $400,000 for him through GoFundMe are now facing criminal charges in Burlington County, N.J., where prosecutors say the whole thing was a ruse.

GoFundMe has committed to providing a full refund to the campaign's 14,000 donors, Coffina said. "He is such a great guy, and talking to him each time I see him makes me want to help him more and more".

A criminal complaint obtained by NBC10 alleges the couple deliberately prevented donors to their GoFundMe campaign from gaining information "that would affect their judgment about solicited contribution to that fundraising effort".

D'Amico and McClure surrendered to authorities Wednesday night and were released.

Prosecutors began investigating after Bobbitt claimed he wasn't getting the money that had been raised on his behalf.

In September, GoFundMe promised Bobbitt that he would receive the rest of the money owed to him.

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.

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