WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Katie McClure and Mark D’Amico raised nearly $403,000 from about 14,000 online donors on a GoFundMe campaign for homeless veteran Johnny Bobbitt – but he claims he never fully received the money.
- The couple claims that they withheld the cash because Bobbitt allegedly has a drug problem, and quickly spent the cash they turned over to him.
- A judge has ordered the couple to turn over the remaining money and provide a full accounting report, but Bobbitt’s lawyers are concerned that not much is left.
Katie McClure of Florence, New Jersey, and her boyfriend, Mark D’Amico, were inspired to start raising funds for Johnny Bobbitt, a homeless veteran, when he gave McClure his last $20 when she ran out of gas on a freeway exit ramp outside Philadelphia last November.
The GoFundMe page they put up had gone viral and raised nearly $403,000 from about 14,000 online donors.
Ten months later, however, Bobbitt’s lawyer told NBC News that her client is back on the streets because McClure and D’Amico are reportedly withholding funds.
The couple’s relationship with Bobbitt turned sour, as he claimed in court that the money never fully ended up in his possession.
According to NBC Philadelphia, McClure and D’Amico were ordered by the Burlington, New Jersey, judge on Thursday to give the homeless Philadelphia man whatever’s left of the money they raised for him.
The judge also demanded that the couple provide a full accounting of each dollar they collected.
In D’Amico’s statement to the Philadelphia Inquirer, he claimed that he withheld the cash because Bobbitt allegedly has a drug problem. The couple also told the newspaper that when they gave the veteran money from the GoFundMe cash, he spent $25,000 within two weeks.
The couple had purchased a camper for Bobbit to live in, in a property controlled by McClure’s family. Bobbitt was kicked out in June however, making him homeless again.
On NBC’s “Megyn Kelly Today” show Monday, D’Amico declared that only more than $150,000 of the money remained.
While he denied misusing the funds, he admitted to the Inquirer that he spent $500 at a casino, which he claims he already paid back with money he won.
An attorney for Bobbitt, Jacqueline Promislo, professed via email that she’s “very concerned” that most of the money will be gone by the time it’s accounted for.
When asked if Bobbitt might sue to seize some of the couple’s personal assets, she stated, “We will represent our client to the best of our abilities to recover all of the money raised for him.”
Source: NBC News