Viral US act of kindness that raised $400,000 'a lie'

Marsha Scott
November 16, 2018

Moved by Bobbitt's kind gesture, McClure and her boyfriend Mark D'Amico launched a GoFundMe page for the man, to raise money for a auto, rent on an apartment, and four to six months' worth of expenses.

United States news channel NBC10 has obtained information though a source which alleges the trio are now facing charges including conspiracy and theft by deception. Bobbitt didn't spot her in trouble and give her money.

According to McClure, Bobbitt approached her vehicle, told her it wasn't safe and went to purchase her gas with his last $20.

Burlington County prosecutors outlined the allegations against Mark D'Amico, Katelyn McClure and Johnny Bobbitt on Thursday.

The man, John Bobbitt, sued the couple for spending all his cash on cars, shopping sprees and vacations.

The complaint follows Bobbitt's lawsuit against McClure and D'Amico filed in August, with Bobbitt accusing the couple of only releasing $75,000 to him and using the rest of the funds on themselves.

All were charged with theft by deception.

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The man at the center of a GoFundMe campaign under investigation, and the woman who set up the campaign, have been arrested. The couple, who initially said they were holding on to the money out of fear that Bobbitt would spend it on drugs, were ordered to put the remaining funds into an escrow account.

D'Amico and McClure said that because Bobbitt was a junkie, they were hanging onto his cash for safe keeping. But prosecutors say they found evidence all three knew each other for at least a month before and set up the scheme.

The Burlington County Prosecutors Office scheduled a press conference Thursday afternoon to discuss the case. "He is such a great guy, and talking to him each time I see him makes me want to help him more and more".

D'Amico, 35, and McClure, 28, turned themselves in to Burlington County prosecutors this week.

McClure said that in an attempt to thank Bobbitt for his help, she set up the fundraising page, which brought in more than $400,000 USA and landed them in the national and worldwide news.

Coffina said the money donated to the GoFundMe campaign will be refunded to people who saw the story and contributed. "We are fully cooperating and assisting law enforcement officials to recover every dollar withdrawn by Ms. McClure and Mr. D'Amico". A lawyer for the couple said in September that Bobbitt received about $200,000 from the fundraiser. So he made a decision to sue the couple for fraud in August.

When contacted by Gizmodo, the couple's attorney, Ernest E. Badway, declined to comment on the pending charges.

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