Couple ordered to hand over $500k to homeless man

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The couple raised the $400,000 with a GoFundMe campaign created past year after Bobbitt gave his last $20 to help McClure when her auto broke down on Interstate 95 near Philadelphia, according to the GoFundMe page.

But the heart-warming campaign hasn't had the happy ending many hoped for, with ex-soldier Mr Bobbitt, 34, saying that Ms McClure and her partner, Mark D'Amico, 35, won't give him his money.

A judge has ordered a New Jersey couple to hand over money they raised for a homeless man.

Bobbitt has alleged that McClure and D'Amico withheld the money and spent at least some of it on themselves - a claim the couple largely denies.

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It was a sad end to a friendship that began when Mr Bobbitt bought Ms McClure petrol and - although she didn't have money to repay him at the time - she sought him out days later to give him money, food and water. National news coverage of Bobbitt's act of kindness boosted the campaign to $402,706 in nine months, with 14,347 people donating. They must account for the cash they've spent so far, the newspaper said. McClure's and D'Amico's attorney said they had provided Bobbitt with more than $200,000, WPVI and KYW reported.

But D'Amico also insisted to the Inquirer that he won't give Bobbitt the money until he is sure the veteran is free of drugs, stating that he would rather "burn [the money] in front of him". McClure and D'Amico made a decision to try to help him get back on his feet and set up the GoFundMe account that drew $403,000 and more than 14,000 donors.

During an appearance Monday on NBC's Megyn Kelly Today show, D'Amico told Kelly there was well over US$150,000 left of the donations. However, Bobbitt is claiming Kate and her boyfriend have kept some of the monies to themselves. Dow also ordered the couple to transfer the money into an escrow account, which will be controlled by Bobbitt's attorneys.

Indeed, the couple bought a camper for the veteran and even found a place on family property to park it, but the veteran was kicked out not long afterward making him homeless once again.

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"I think it might have been good intentions in the beginning, but with that amount of money, I think it became greed", Bobbitt told the Philadelphia Inquirer.

McClure and D'Amico could not immediately be found for comment. He said he paid it back with money he won.

During an appearance on USA television on Monday, D'Amico revealed there is well over $150,000 left of the donations. Appearing on television this week, D'Amico told Kelly: "Every dollar [Bobbitt] ever touched was used for drugs".

He claims Bobbitt "spent $25,000 in "less than two weeks" previous year on drugs, paying bills, and sending money to his family", the Daily Beast reports.

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"This is a well thought out plan that Johnny his lawyer and financial advisor came up with in order to give Johnny the means to acclimate back into a "normal" life and also to protect him and ensure he has a bright future", McClure wrote.

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