Homeless man & couple scammed everyone with GoFundMe: complaint

Share

Authorities said they believe the entire story was a ruse, concocted by McClure, D'Amico and Bobbitt as a get-rich-quick scheme.

The New Jersey couple who became famous for raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for a homeless man after he helped with their disabled auto - as did the homeless man himself - will all face charges for allegedly providing a false story in order to raise money for themselves, a source familiar with the case told NBC10.

It was one of last year's most heartwarming feel-good stories: A homeless veteran gives his last $20 to a woman who ran out of gas along Interstate 95 in Jersey, so she and her boyfriend start a GoFundMe campaign to pay back his kindness and raise $400,000.

Johnny Bobbitt Jr. gained worldwide attention when he used his last $20 to fill up the gas tank of stranded motorist Kate McClure in November 2017.

The three are expected to be charged with conspiracy and theft by deception for working together to create the story.

That's when the real trouble began.

Now, investigators say it was all a ploy to raise money. In return, the couple went on Megyn Kelly's show and said Bobbitt had a drug problem and was using the cash to get high.

In recent months, Bobbitt and his attorneys had accused the couple of mismanaging a large portion of the donations.

D'Amico and McClure said that because Bobbitt was a junkie, they were hanging onto his cash for safe keeping. It's unknown if Bobbitt plans to surrender.

Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina said he will announce developments in its investigation today, but did not disclose details.

GoFundMe and the law firm representing Bobbitt issued a joint statement last week saying he would receive all the money raised for him.

Share