Couple Ordered To Turn Over Money Raised For Homeless Man

Posted September 03, 2018

Kate McClure and Johnny Bobbitt reunite for the first time on TV after Bobbitt helped McClure when her vehicle broke down in Philadelphia. The lawsuit aims to retrieve funds owed to Bobbitts, who is now back living on the streets and begging for cash.

Bobbitt, a homeless man, had used his last US$20 to fill up the petrol tank of a stranded motorist in Philadelphia. McClure and D'Amico made a decision to try to help him get back on his feet and set up the GoFundMe account that drew $403,000 and more than 14,000 donors.

The hearing came after Bobbitt's lawyers filed a lawsuit this week against McClure and D'Amico, alleging that the two committed fraud and conspiracy by taking large amounts of the donations to "enjoy a lifestyle they could not afford" and using the account as "their personal piggy bank". In response, McClure and her boyfriend Mark D'Amico set up a GoFundMe out of gratitude.

The Inquirer also said Bobbitt wondered how McClure paid for a new BMW and went on vacations to California, Florida and Las Vegas. D'Amico said he spent $500 of the GoFundMe money to gamble because he did not have his SugarHouse Casino card one night, but said he repaid it with his winnings.

"He wants the money put in a trust and assistance figuring out how to spend it", Promislo said.

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McClure, along with her boyfriend, Mark D'Amico, became a worldwide internet sensation, appearing on "Good Morning America" and the BBC, NBC Philadelphia noted. The judge did not appoint a guardian to oversee the fund, but one could be appointed later. They added that Bobbitt had used their Lyft account to order a auto service to take him to locations known for selling and buying drugs.

The couple denied claims the money was being held back on goal.

"Everything like that is hard to deal with when we did a good thing", she said. I would do it all over again.

Mr Bobbitt set off on foot to buy Ms McClure some fuel. Both were later sold, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Also, despite promises to hire a lawyer and financial advisor, he hasn't met with anyone or signed anything to do with a trust.

Badway said that Bobbitt's attorneys have "done a great disservice to their client" because numerous thousands who donated to the fund have requested their money back.

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Bobbitt dropped out of rehab in the winter when D'Amico, a carpenter, began working on a new job and was not able to drive him to the center every day, Badway said.

"There should be close to another $300,000 available to Johnny", Bobbitt's lawyer Chris Fallon told CNN.

"The court has to be concerned about donations given for philanthropic purposes. and the number of donors", Dow said, according to the Cherry Hill-Courier Post.

GoFundMe are now looking into the dispute.

"When there is a dispute, we work with all parties involved to ensure funds go to the right place", GoFundMe's statement read.

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Fallon told the judge that Bobbitt has received about $75,000 from the GoFundMe account, KYW reported.