Couple, homeless man charged with faking story that earned $400K in donations

Couple homeless man accused of making up story that earned $400K in donations

A New Jersey couple who made national headlines after raising almost half a million dollars for a homeless man through a GoFundMe page is facing criminal charges.

The story went viral on social media past year.

McClure, 28, and D'Amico, 39, created a GoFundMe page in November 2017, claiming the homeless, drug addict Bobbitt spent his last $20 to fill up McClure's empty gas tank after her vehicle broke down on I-95 near Philadelphia.

The fund quickly grew to more than $400,000, with donations from more than 14,000 people.

The story of homeless vet Johnny Bobbit being helped by Kate McClure and boyfriend Mark D'Amico last November, which led to more than $400,000 being donated to a GoFundMe account was all a fake, according to a complaint obtained by NBC Philadelphia.

Authorities now believe it was all a ruse.

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Bobbitt accused the couple of dipping into the funds for personal expenses and sued them over mismanagement.

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.

D'Amico said that he had been controlling Bobbitt's money and said that he would dole out more funds when Bobbitt got a job and quit using drugs.

D'Amico and McClure turned themselves in to authorities Wednesday, but Bobbitt remains at large. "It's important to remember that our platform 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".

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