By Daily Wire. The couple who raised nearly half a million dollars for a homeless man after he gave his last $20 to the woman will face criminal charges as will the homeless man for making up the entire story, officials say.
“Mark D’Amico, Kate McClure and Johnny Bobbitt will face charges including conspiracy and theft by deception,” NBC 10 reported on Wednesday.
NBC 10 reviewed a complaint that alleges the three “conspired with one another to make up a false story in order to raise more than $400,000.” . . .
#BREAKING A New Jersey couple and a homeless man at the center of a GoFundMe controversy will be charged with lying about their story in order to raise $400K, a source tells NBC10. Details HERE: https://t.co/qAK14SXpFr pic.twitter.com/6Gh0OJNpal
— NBC10 Philadelphia (@NBCPhiladelphia) November 15, 2018
The three gained national attention last year after the couple claimed that Bobbitt gave his last $20 to help McClure purchase fuel after she ran out while driving on Interstate 95 in Philadelphia.
The couple came under scrutiny not long after the story broke and the $400,000+ was raised after Bobbitt and his lawyer said that “McClure and D’Amico gave him around $75,000 as well as the vehicle and the camper, but have since learned that the rest of the money is gone.” (Read more from “Plot Twist: Couple, Homeless Man Faked Story Netting $400k in Donations” HERE)
Couple and Homeless Man in Gofundme Controversy Accused of Making up Story, Source Says
By NBC. . .The three initially earned fame in 2017. The couple claimed Bobbitt used $20 to help McClure get gas when her car ran out on Interstate 95 in Philadelphia. McClure and D’Amico then launched a GoFundMe page to supposedly raise money for Bobbitt; the page brought in over $400,000 from 14,000 contributors.
The account, at first, led to appearances for Bobbitt and McClure on national TV programs. But it then turned into a dispute over the money.
Bobbitt accused the couple of dipping into the funds and using them as a “personal piggy bank” to bankroll a lifestyle they couldn’t afford. . .
D’Amico was arrested in September in Burlington County on an unrelated $500 warrant for an October 2017 traffic stop, according to officials. At the time, he was driving on a suspended license and also had a broken tail light. He also failed to appear in court on two separate occassions, according to court records. (Read more from “Couple and Homeless Man in Gofundme Controversy Accused of Making up Story, Source Says” HERE)