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Homeless man in $400,000 GoFundMe benefit arrested

Homeless man in $400,000 GoFundMe benefit arrested

Investigators searched the home of D'Amico and McClure in Florence, New Jersey, in September after questions arose about what happened to the money they raised for Bobbitt.

All three are now expected to face charges of conspiracy and theft by deception, the NBC10 source told the station.

At the time, I believed the couple if only because Bobbitt had admitted he was a drug addict.

More than 14,000 people donated, many inspired by the details like Mr Bobbitt instructing Ms McClure to lock her auto doors before he returned with a can of petrol.

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 feel good story fell apart in August when Bobbitt claimed in a lawsuit he was never given any money and the couple spent it on a vacation and a auto.

All were charged with theft by deception. Kate McClure, a New Jersey woman, ran out of gas on an interstate ramp outside of Philadelphia.

The couple turned themselves in on Wednesday. In order to keep up the charade, the complaint says they prevented donors from learning information that would "affect their judgement" about the GoFundMe campaign, and failed to "correct their story".

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The arrests come ahead of a Thursday press conference planned by Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina, where officials have detailed new developments in the investigation of McClure and D'Amico.

D'Amico and McClure surrendered Wednesday night and were released pending a court date, Coffina said.

The Burlington County prosecutor has announced criminal charges tied to a controversial GoFundMe case involving a New Jersey couple and a homeless veteran.

"All donors who contributed to this GoFundMe campaign will receive a full refund", said Bobby Whithorne of the online fundraising company. "I had to make something up to make people feel bad ..."

The page's feel-good story went quickly viral, eventually drawing donations from more than 14,000 people and raising more than $400,000. He said that he'd received around $US75,000 ($103,126) but the rest was being withheld.

It's not exactly clear what happened with the money, though Bobbitt's attorney has said it's all gone.

A lawyer for the couple initially said that only $150,000 of the initial $401,921 remained.

The story originally gained popularity after the large amount of money was raised, however trouble struck when the couple allegedly stole some of the funds for their personal use and were later sued by Bobbit.


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