'Good Samaritan' couple and homeless vet they raised $400K for all arrested

'Good Samaritan' couple and homeless vet they raised $400K for all arrested

Kerry Wise
November 16, 2018

New Jersey prosecutors allege that Johnny Bobbitt Jr. worked with Mark D'Amico and Kate McClure in the rip-off.

USA news channel NBC10 has obtained information though a source which alleges the trio are now facing charges including conspiracy and theft by deception.

A spokesman for Bobbitt could not be reached for a comment. McClure wrote she had noticed Bobbitt while she was walking to the gas station, and he told her to go back to her vehicle while he went to the station, purchased a can of gas for her with his last $20, and brought it back to her.

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.

Investigators searched McClure and D'Amico's Florence home in September "in connection with a criminal investigation into the Johnny Bobbitt matter", Burlington Cofina said in a statement at the time.

The odd case of a couple in New Jersey who raised $US400,000 ($550,004) on GoFundMe for a homeless good Samaritan appears to be skidding into a surprise ending.

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Moved by the gesture, McClure and D'Amico started a GoFundMe campaign for Bobbitt. It's unclear exactly what parts of the story were allegedly made up, but NBC claims that the charges will include conspiracy and theft by deception. The couple turned themselves in to local authorities on Wednesday.

He was certain that a book deal they were pursuing would "dwarf" the money from the GoFundMe fundraiser and a few months later, when the dispute with Bobbitt became public, D'Amico was not dissuaded, according to the prosecutor.

Burlington County prosecutors told Fox they will hold a press conference at 2pm on Thursday and announce "a major development" in the case. McClure and D'Amico surrendered to police Wednesday but have since been released. "I had to make something up to make people feel bad".

The page's feel-good story went quickly viral, eventually drawing donations from more than 14,000 people and raising more than $400,000. "GoFundMe always fully protects donors, which is why we have a comprehensive refund policy in place". He later filed a lawsuit against McClure and D'Amico.

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.

The attention the scandal received led authorities to launch an investigation into the case.