GoFundMe pick up the bill for homeless man's missing $560,000


Police raided the home of a New Jersey couple Thursday morning who has been ordered by a judge to explain what happened to $400,000 they raised online for a homeless Good Samaritan.

On Thursday, police executed a search warrant at the couple's home, but no charges have been filed, Burlington County Prosecutor Scott A. Coffina said in a statement.

Mark D'Amico and Kate McClure gained viral fame when they started a fundraiser to pay back Johnny Bobbitt, a homeless man who gave $20 to Kate when her vehicle ran out of gas.

Johnny Bobbitt Jr., a homeless ex-Marine and North Carolina-native in Philadelphia, will get the money owed to him from a GoFundMe campaign that raised more than $400,000 for him, his attorney Chris Fallon tells CNN. McClure had run out of gas on Interstate 95 in Philadelphia, and Bobbitt walked to a service station and spent $20 of his own money to buy her gas.

Kate McClure, the woman that Bobbitt had bought gas for, started the campaign with her boyfriend Mark D'Amico as a way to thank Bobbitt. The relationship eventually became strained Bobbitt's lawyer says he's been told that all the money is now gone. "GoFundMe's goal has always been to ensure Johnny gets support he deserves".

"With the money, I would like to get him first and last month's rent at an apartment, a reliable vehicle, and four-to-six months' worth of expenses", she wrote on the GoFundMe page during the campaign.

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"We're committing that he'll get the balance of the funds that he has not yet received or benefited from".

The company said it will continue to assist the authorities with the investigation into the account.

This photo taken August 15, 2018, shows Johnny Bobbitt Jr., the homeless veteran who gave $20 for gas for Kate McClure, back on the streets with his brother.

Police took away the couple's BMW and bags and boxes of unknown items from their home.

"You should advise your clients that they are directed by the court to appear, and they can assert their privileges at that time", Dow said, as quoted by ABC 7 Chicago.

The couple, for their part, claimed last month during a talk show appearance that they had given Bobbitt several thousand dollars, but he quickly blew it on drugs. However, no charges have yet been filed. But in less than 24 hours, GoFundMe announced that no matter where the money went, they would make good on Johnny Bobbitt's expectations and pay off all of the cash which can't be accounted for.

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The campaign benefiting Bobbitt - which raised more than $400,000 from roughly 14,000 people - began accepting donations in November, almost 10 months ago. Counsel for Bobbitt did not respond to a request for comment.

While it's unclear where the bulk of the $75,000 Bobbitt allegedly received went, he has admitted to spending some of the money on drugs, Forbes reported.

The couple's attorney, Ernest Badway, argued in court that they have given Bobbitt more than $200,000 of the funds raised.

GoFundMe said they will dole out the cash if their investigation finds the claims to be true. Neither did any of the attorneys connected to the case or GoFundMe.

"GoFundMe has given $20,000 to a bank account created by Johnny's legal team to provide assistance during the investigation", the statement said.

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