BURLINGTON COUNTY – A couple from Burlington County and a homeless man are all facing charges after allegedly fabricating a story and viral GoFundMe campaign to raise more than $400,000 for themselves, according to a report by NBC.
Mark D’Amico and Kate McClure, and a homeless veteran, Johnny Bobbitt, are facing charges of conspiracy and theft by deception for raising hundreds of thousands of dollars off a false story.
The couple claimed to be raising money for the homeless man after he allegedly used his last $20 to fill McLure’s tank when she was stranded on I-95 in Philadelphia in November of last year. The GoFundMe page was intended to repay 35-year old Bobbitt for his kind deed and ended up gaining national attention.
However, Bobbitt filed a lawsuit against the couple in September for mismanagement of the campaign funds by the couple, according to the NBC report, although the couple denied any wrongdoing.
D’Amico and McClure’s Florence home was raided in September and their personal and business financial statements were seized and an investigation into the couple was initiated, stated NBC.
D’Amico and McClure turned themselves in to Burlington County prosecutors on Nov. 14, although it has not been confirmed whether Bobbitt also turned himself.