Homeless Samaritan will get cash; couple under investigation

Arturo Kim
September 9, 2018

On Thursday, authorities executed a search warrant at the home of a New Jersey couple who raised $US400,000 ($557,866) to help a homeless man past year.

And Bobbitt told the Inquirer that D'Amico gambled away some of the GoFundMe money at a casino in Philadelphia. "In McClure's pitch to the public, she pledged to use the money to buy Bobbitt a home and his dream auto - a 1999 Ford Ranger". While we assist law enforcement with their ongoing investigation, GoFundMe is also working with Johnny's legal team to ensure he's receiving support while the remaining funds are being recovered.

So it's come to this: Last week, Johnny Bobbitt filed a lawsuit against the New Jersey couple, alleging that they withheld most of the money and spent it on vacations, gambling and a luxury auto.

D'Amico has said Bobbitt spent $25,000 in less than two weeks previous year on drugs as well as paying for overdue legal bills and sending money family. He has earlier declined to comment.

Dow chastised McClure and D'Amico's attorney over "grandstanding" and said his clients have to appear in person to assert their right against self-incrimination.

Their attorney said the couple had given Bobbitt over $200,000, according to WPVI and KYW.

The couple reportedly gave the man $75,000 and promised to buy him a home, but the relationship deteriorated and he ended up with a camper on a piece of property owned by the couple.

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Superior Court Judge Paula Dow said Wednesday that Katie McClure and Mark D'Amico must appear Monday for a deposition in a suit filed by Johnny Bobbitt over the whereabouts of the cash raised through GoFundMe. McClure explained that Bobbitt used his last $US20 to buy her gas when she was stranded on the side on an interstate, and she wanted to invite everyone to help return the favour.

Officials were at the couple's home in Bordentown early on September 6, a day after a judge ordered them to appear in court, Fox29 reported. Other videos showed D'Amico hitting golf balls off the lawn around the home. Attorney Chris Fallon told The Associated Press that he learned the money was gone while speaking with the lawyer representing the couple. On September 6, they strengthened that position, noting that whatever the outcome of the court case they immediately plan to award Bobbitt the full amount of what he still hasn't received (the actual amount remains unclear).

There was even an appearance on NBC's "Megyn Kelly Today" show.

According to a Facebook post from the Burlington County Prosecutor's Office, due to "the enormous public interest in this matter", they confirmed that authorities searched the couple's residence Thursday in connection with the investigation. She didn't have money to repay him at the time, but sought him out days later to give him the money.

"This is an extremely rare situation and we are working with law enforcement officials to get Johnny the money raised on his behalf, which means the 30-day policy does not apply in this case", Whitehorne told the Philadelphia Inquirer, "This campaign is backed by the GoFundMe Guarantee, which means that in the rare case that GoFundMe, law enforcement, or a user finds campaigns are misused, donors and beneficiaries are protected".

The story initially led to appearances for Bobbitt and McClure on national TV programs as well as an interview by the BBC.

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