NC Homeless Veteran And NJ Couple Face Conspiracy Charges After GoFundMe Debacle

NC Homeless Veteran And NJ Couple Face Conspiracy Charges After GoFundMe Debacle

A New Jersey couple and homeless veteran who captured global attention and praise for their heartwarming "good Samaritan" tale have been arrested for fraud, an unexpected twist in a yearlong story of good deeds gone wrong.

Katelyn McClure and Mark D'Amico had started a GoFundMe campaign for a then homeless Bobbitt after they claimed he spent his last $20 helping Katelyn when her auto broke down in Philadelphia.

Kate McClure and her boyfriend Mark D'Amico, of Bordentown, New Jersey, made headlines after setting up a fundraising page for Johnny Bobbitt previous year.

The page was titled "Paying it Forward", and the response was incredible: 14,347 people donated $402,706 over the course of 10 months.

All three face charges of conspiracy and theft by deception for working together to create the alleged ruse. According to NBC News, D'Amico and McClure surrendered themselves to authorities on Wednesday.

In August, Bobbitt, 35, filed a lawsuit accusing McClure and D'Amico of committing fraud by taking more than half of the money they raised for themselves.

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

Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina is planning a news conference Thursday afternoon.

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.

"There should be close to another $300,000 available to Johnny", Bobbitt's lawyer Chris Fallon told CNN. Badway has said he thinks it's likely they would be indicted. But Bobbitt became homeless again after D'Amico told him in June he had to leave.

The money raised reportedly is all gone although it's unclear where it went. Bobbitt's attorney said last week Bobbitt was entering a residential program for drug treatment. Charges against veteran, Johnny Bobbitt, were unexpected. And now prosecutors say it was all a scam from the beginning.

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