Couple must turn over funds raised for homeless man

Couple must turn over funds raised for homeless man

Couple must turn over funds raised for homeless man

- A couple who raised more than $400,000 for a homeless man after he used his last $20 to fill up the gas tank of a stranded motorist in Philadelphia must now turn over what's left of the cash. In return, Katie McClure and her boyfriend, Mark D'Amico, started a GoFundMe page that quickly went viral and raised over $400,000 for the good Samaritan.

Homeless veteran Johnny Bobbitt has filed a lawsuit against the New Jersey couple who raised money for him on GoFundMe.

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. McClure and D'Amico said a large sum of the money went to pay for a camper, as well as clothes, food, a TV, a laptop and hotel bills.

Badway also claimed that some of the 14,000 people who donated to the campaign have asked for a refund, a claim Fallon later denied.

The lawyer was directed to place the funds into an escrow account as the case continues, the report said.

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Johnny Bobbitt Jr., left, Kate McClure, right, and McClure's boyfriend Mark D'Amico pose at a gas station in Philadelphia, Nov. 17, 2017. According to reports, his addiction has relapsed and he is back on the Philadelphia streets panhandling for money after completing two stints in rehab. She set up a GoFundMe page for the man, named Johnny.

D'Amico said that more than $150,000 of the money remains in their account, and they are "absolutely" willing to have an accountant examine their financial records.

Bobbitt, a former U.S. Marine, helped McClure last Thanksgiving when she ran out of gas in a rough Philadelphia neighborhood.

Jacqueline Promislo, an attorney for Bobbitt, said by email that she's "very concerned" that much of the money will be gone by the time it's accounted for.

The couple also say they spent $200,000 (£153,860) on a camper van for Mr Bobbitt with some of the funds and parked it on land Ms McClure's family owns in Florence.

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Bobbit also suspected that D'Amico, a carpenter, spent some of the donation money on gambling.

McClure and D'Amico could not immediately be found for comment.

The couple had promised their online supporters the money would go to two financial trusts for Mr Bobbitt, as well as a lawyer and a financial adviser to help him manage all the money. Some of the money GoFundMe donors gave to him ended up in the pockets of drug dealers, Bobbitt told the Inquirer.

"I think it might have been good intentions in the beginning", Bobbitt told the Inquirer last week.

The judge said that McClure and D'Amico must account for every dollar they crowdfunded. "It was like a joke, they were like my parents, but the joke starts not being amusing", he said.

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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. "It's going to come down to a demonstration of all the money and where the money went".

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